Remote Keyboard – Android Apps on Google Play

Posted on June 5, 2013. Filed under: Android, Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , , , |

Remote Keyboard is an Android App on Google Play.

Like any app, it may or may not work well on your device.  Use at your own risk and CHECK THE REVIEWS first — apps may be changed after being included in the store so later updates include malware.

Remote Keyboard allows you to connect your desktop computer’s keyboard via wlan (can be forwarded over USB via ADB) to your android device and control it comfortably. With this app, you can not only type, but also copy&paste text between the machines in both directions.”

Recommended by MakeUseOf.

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Siine Keyboard: A unique, effective mobile keyboard

Posted on December 3, 2012. Filed under: Android, Freeware/Shareware, Macros & Shortcuts | Tags: , , , |

TechRepublic suggests the Siine Keyboard app: A unique, effective mobile keyboard.

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How To Connect a USB Keyboard To Your Android device

Posted on December 3, 2012. Filed under: Android, Hardware | Tags: , , |

How To Connect a USB Keyboard To Your Android Device.

Actually, the “device” in the title says “phone” but this may work with tablets as well.

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The 40 most important Google Apps keyboard shortcuts

Posted on February 22, 2012. Filed under: Gmail (Google Mail), Google, Macros & Shortcuts | Tags: , , , , , , |

TechRepublic has The 40 most important Google Apps keyboard shortcuts for Google+, Calendar, Docs and Gmail.

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Swype has Text Input for smaller screens

Posted on April 2, 2011. Filed under: Macros & Shortcuts, Phones | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Swype is a text input utility to help enter text on small screens: smartphones, pads/tablets/slates, or anything without a regular keyboard.

At present, this is freeware.

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Posted on March 7, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Hardware | Tags: , , , , |

MouseFIGHTER is not cruel to small furry critters.

If you cannot (short- or long-term) use a mouse, this freeware allows you to use keyboard commands to maneuver the cursor.

The rationale on the home page is rather interesting:

“Everyone knows, that working with a mouse too much is not healthy. We should be moving our bodies while working on the computer. Now that will soon be possible. The MouseFIGHTER website is dedicated to make that happen. Until the the PrimeSense kinect technology is encorporated into every webcam of every notebook sold, the best we can do, is to offer you Pointer Control Software that works with the keyboard alone.”

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Play your jorgan

Posted on February 27, 2011. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Music | Tags: , , , , , | has jorgan, an open-source program that lets you use your computer as a full-featured virtual organ (the musical kind!).

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The 10 most useful Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts

Posted on February 14, 2011. Filed under: Macros & Shortcuts, Windows 7 | Tags: , , , |

TechRepublic offers The 10 most useful Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts.

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Remapping the keyboard

Posted on February 14, 2011. Filed under: Hardware, Macros & Shortcuts | Tags: , , , , |

Over the years, hardware and software vendors have come up with their own key-remapping approaches, all of which are convoluted, slow, and prone to errors. Microsoft addresses the remapping problem — to a first approximation, at least — in Windows NT, 2000, XP, and Vista by adding this Registry key (not to be confused with an actual physical key on your keyboard):

HKLM \ SYSTEM \ CurrentControlSet \ Control \ Keyboard Layout \ Scancode Map
If this Registry entry exists, Windows consults the contents of the Scancode Map every time you press a key on your keyboard and follows the value of that key as set in the Registry.

Editing the Registry is rarely easy, and the keyboard-mapping hack is more perilous than most such customizations. The Registry’s keyboard settings reek with geek, making what should be a straightforward task ridiculously Byzantine. Randy at describes his descent into the nitty-gritty in a recent blog post.

Microsoft offers a free remapping tool called the Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator, but I found the program to be incomplete and very difficult to use. Fortunately, there’s a much easier — and free — alternative.

Free download automates your key remapping
My favorite keyboard remapper is SharpKeys, from the aforementioned The program makes remapping keys a breeze on almost any keyboard.

For example, to kill your Caps Lock key, follow these steps:

  • Step 1. If you run Windows XP and don’t already have the .NET Framework, download and install it. (Vista users needn’t bother because the .NET Framework is built into that OS.)
  • Step 2. Download and install SharpKeys.exe. You may need to use an account with administrator privileges or supply an administrator password for the installer to run.
  • Step 3. Before you run SharpKeys, create a System Restore point to protect against inadvertently remapping keys that are necessary for you to log on to your computer. Click Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, System Restore; choose “Create a restore point”; click Next; and then step through the rest of the wizard.If something goes wrong, reboot your PC, press the F8 key repeatedly, choose Last Known Good Configuration from the list of options that appears, reopen System Restore, and select the restore point you created previously.
  • Step 4. Run SharpKeys by clicking Start, All Programs,, SharpKeys. If you use Vista and aren’t logged on to an administrator account, right-click the SharpKeys shortcut on the Start menu and choose Run as Administrator.
  • Step 5. Click the Add button. On the left, click the Type Key button. Press the Caps Lock key on your keyboard and click OK. On the right, make sure that you’ve selected the following option (which is the default, as shown in Figure 1) and click OK:— Turn Key Off (00_00)
  • Step 6. Back in the SharpKeys main window, verify that SharpKeys is ready to map the Caps Lock key to Turn Key Off. Click Write to Registry. When the warning appears, click OK.
  • Step 7. Back in the SharpKeys main window again, click Close.
  • Step 8. Log off your computer and then log back on (or restart the system). Verify that your Caps Lock key doesn’t work anymore.

AutoHotKey is for both mouse and keyboard: ”

AutoHotkey is a free, open-source utility for Windows. With it, you can:

  • Automate almost anything by sending keystrokes and mouse clicks. You can write a mouse or keyboard macro by hand or use the macro recorder.
  • Create hotkeys for keyboard, joystick, and mouse. Virtually any key, button, or combination can become a hotkey.
  • Expand abbreviations as you type them. For example, typing “btw” can automatically produce “by the way”.
  • Create custom data-entry forms, user interfaces, and menu bars. See GUI for details.
  • Remap keys and buttons on your keyboard, joystick, and mouse.
  • Respond to signals from hand-held remote controls via the WinLIRC client script.
  • Run existing AutoIt v2 scripts and enhance them with new capabilities.
  • Convert any script into an EXE file that can be run on computers that don’t have AutoHotkey installed.

Getting started might be easier than you think. Check out the quick-start tutorial.”

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SharpKeys 3.0

Posted on September 27, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Macros & Shortcuts, Utilities | Tags: , , , , , , |

Randy Rants has SharpKeys 3.0 for remapping your keyboard.

FriedBeef has a tutorial on how to use Sharpkeys to change the keys to something you prefer.

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Skeys: Specialize your Special Keys!

Posted on January 11, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Macros & Shortcuts | Tags: , , , , , |

Got special keys on your keyboard that don’t do what you want?

Try Skeys and Specialize your Special Keys!


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10+ keyboard shortcuts in PowerPoint

Posted on December 7, 2009. Filed under: Macros & Shortcuts, Microsoft PowerPoint | Tags: , , |

TechRepublic has 10+ keyboard shortcuts to help you deliver a smooth PowerPoint presentation.

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The Best Free Help for learning Touch Typing

Posted on August 7, 2009. Filed under: Tutorials | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a post about The Best Free Apps to Help you start Touch Typing.

Practice Online:

Learn Touch Typing:

Also for learning touch typing: TypingWeb

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Yuuguu for Online Meetings, Online Presentations, Remote Teams and Remote Support

Posted on April 6, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, networking, sharing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Daily Cup of Tech recommends Yuuguu for Online Meetings, Online Presentations, Remote Teams and Remote Support, especially in conjunction with LogMeIn.

“Yuuguu is a screen sharing and instant messaging service built
to make working together simpler.”

Free version lets you share a screen with up to 5 people, unlimited chat, share control of the keyboard and mouse, and more.  The pay version has extended features.

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Type with a Mouse

Posted on January 22, 2009. Filed under: Help, mouse, Utilities | Tags: , , |

Uh oh.  Your keyboard suddenly stopped working, and it’s not a loose plug, because you checked that already.  Or maybe your carpal tunnel problem is acting up again.  Or your cat insists on sitting on the keyboard so you can’t use it…

Get the On-Screen Keyboard to display, and you can just click on the keys instead.

Windows XP

  1. click on the Start button
  2. click on All Programs
  3. click on Accessories
  4. click on Accessibility
  5. click on On-Screen Keyboard

Windows Vista

  1. click on the Start button
  2. click on All Programs
  3. click on Accessories
  4. click on Ease of Use
  5. click on On-Screen Keyboard

[from the very useful SmartComputing magazine, Feb. 2009 issue]

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HotKeyz from Skynergy for keyboard macros

Posted on December 6, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Macros & Shortcuts | Tags: , , , , , |

ZDNet has a post on HotKeyz

Back in the ‘olden days’ people used keyboards without mice, and oddly enough, a lot of things could actually be done faster that way.  Some of them still can, in fact.

“You can work faster and more efficiently by using your keyboard instead of your mouse. HotKeyz is a keyboard utility that will boost your productivity and it is really fun to use. HotKeyz lets you easily create and maintain a categorized list of your hotkeys. Each hotkey, a key combination on your keyboard, will launch a command. You decide which commands go with which hotkeys. Version 2.7.2 has add setting to save settings and hotkey files to application data folder (Vista) and same folder as HotKeyz.exe (for portable on USB sticks or XP).”

For Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP/Vista.  October 2008.  Freeware, with free registration required.

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RemoteKeys for macros

Posted on October 28, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Macros & Shortcuts | Tags: , , , |

RemoteKeys is freeware to “automate complex control systems, but also simple jobs like inserting text passages into Word and EMails, filling out (internet-) forms with recurring phrases etc. To do this simply click onto one of the 2500 buttons, which can be freely assigned and labeled. The macros can also be released by using the keyboard if prefered.
For those wishing to make full use of RemoteKeys, there are over 350 commands available, e.g. inserting the actual date into a text, opening program groups and ordering them on screen or even to automize Excel calculations. The buttons may be assigned with the help of the integrated macro recorder and an integrated timer can activate these buttons.
Additional features include an image memory and a clipboard history function. RemoteKeys is always at hand in the systemtray, can be individually configured (button-, form-, fontsizes and -colours), is network – able and requires no installation. (Engl./Ger./French with manuals).

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Keyboard shortcuts for Windows

Posted on September 21, 2008. Filed under: Macros & Shortcuts, Microsoft Windows | Tags: , , , |

Keyboard shortcuts for Windows is the official Microsoft list of using key combinations to do things quickly in Windows — often, more quickly than you can do them with a mouse and menus.

There’s more than one way to do a lot of things in Windows.

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PowerPoint keystrokes to remember

Posted on August 25, 2008. Filed under: Microsoft PowerPoint | Tags: , , |

TechRepublic blog has some help for PowerPoint:

You don’t need to get distracted by the mechanics of presenting a slide show. Learn just a few shortcuts and you can focus on your audience and your message instead.

Remembering keyboard shortcuts is tough enough when you’re working on some no-pressure project at your desk. Get in front of an audience, and your mind may go totally blank. Your focus needs to be on the material you’re presenting and how you’re connecting with your audience — not on ” How do I back up to the previous slide?” That’s why it’s a good idea to pick a handful of the most useful shortcuts and make them second nature. When you find yourself delivering a presentation via the keyboard, these shortcuts will see you through.

Action Shortcut
Start a presentation from the first slide F5
Run the next animation or advance to the next slide Enter or Spacebar
Return to the previous slide Backspace
End a slide show Esc or – (hyphen)
Jump to the first (or last) slide Home (or End)
Jump to a particular slide Type the slide number and press Enter
Go to a black (or white) screen or resume the slide show from a black (or white) screen B (or W)
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RapidTyping speed up your keyboarding skills

Posted on July 29, 2008. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Tutorials | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

RapidTyping is a freeware.

RapidTyping is completely free. No registration, no payments, no nag screens!

Uses the simple and colourful interface. Colourful skins library is supported.

Typing game. Training takes place in virtual picturesque underwater world. Variety of underwater fauna will make fun of your training. The more you improve your printing level the more nice underwater creatures will come to light.

Training statistics: wpm, cpm. Your training exercises statistics is shown both in tables and diagrams. Statistics reflects printing speed, mistakes quantity.

Keyboard emulation. Keyboard emulator will help you learn blind printing quickly. Automatic keyboard layout generation: QWERTY, QWERTZ, AZERTY, ABNT2, Dvorak, Dvorak for left / right hand, etc.

Personal typing exercises creation. You may create your own exercises and modify exist.

Free typing lessons choice. User has a free choice of all available typing lessons.

Multiple users support. Multiple users with their personal settings are supported.

Multi-Language interface. English, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish and other are available for your choice.

Possible for run without installation.There is a portable version.

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