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Editors' Review

by   / November 07, 2008

KeyboardLink is a great little tool for turning your standard Windows keyboard into not just a program launcher, but a program controller, as well. Open source and using a scant 3MB of RAM, getting started requires configuring the activation keys, called the Master Keys, in the program's General features tab. Users can set one or two master keys, an important feature that prevents you from accidentally launching a program. Other basics, such as running the app when Windows starts, also live in the General tab.

The second tab controls your media player. Here you can set basic track and volume controls. You can also check off a box that supersedes your default media player and controls whichever media player is currently running. The Software tab is where most of the action is, though, with hot-key commands for Notepad, Calculator, your Web browser, media player, MS Paint, and WordPad. For the Web browser and media player, users can specify which program they want the hot key to activate. It'd be nice to see future versions of KeyboardLink extend this feature to more program types.

The Office and System tabs control more generic functions: global volume, mute, emptying the recycle bin, launching the screen saver, and the Microsoft Office suite. The only problems are that it can't be configured to recognize other applications and launch them, and the installer is a ZIP file, not self-extracting. Nevertheless, KeyboardLink is a must-have for power users who hate repeatedly jumping over to the mouse.

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Editors' Review

by   / November 07, 2008

KeyboardLink is a great little tool for turning your standard Windows keyboard into not just a program launcher, but a program controller, as well. Open source and using a scant 3MB of RAM, getting started requires configuring the activation keys, called the Master Keys, in the program's General features tab. Users can set one or two master keys, an important feature that prevents you from accidentally launching a program. Other basics, such as running the app when Windows starts, also live in the General tab.

The second tab controls your media player. Here you can set basic track and volume controls. You can also check off a box that supersedes your default media player and controls whichever media player is currently running. The Software tab is where most of the action is, though, with hot-key commands for Notepad, Calculator, your Web browser, media player, MS Paint, and WordPad. For the Web browser and media player, users can specify which program they want the hot key to activate. It'd be nice to see future versions of KeyboardLink extend this feature to more program types.

The Office and System tabs control more generic functions: global volume, mute, emptying the recycle bin, launching the screen saver, and the Microsoft Office suite. The only problems are that it can't be configured to recognize other applications and launch them, and the installer is a ZIP file, not self-extracting. Nevertheless, KeyboardLink is a must-have for power users who hate repeatedly jumping over to the mouse.

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Full Specifications

General

Publisher Dead'Soul
Publisher web site http://www.mystercrowley.com
Release Date November 20, 2008
Date Added November 20, 2008
Version 1.3

Category

Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Launchers

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/Vista
Additional Requirements

Download Information

File Size 503.52KB
File Name External File

Popularity

Total Downloads 15,331
Downloads Last Week 0

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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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