Intro: Gaming at Work? Secret Panic Button!
You've already got the next set lined up, you slam a square brick in to place when you see it - your stomach drops, your skin prickles and you imagine the scenario playing out already, all in a nanosecond, the wiley old man has seen all your tricks, no shortcut can save you now.
You calmly reach over and tap on your biscuits. The browser's closed, your spreadsheet on the cost analysis report for the filing system of the accounting department is sitting there, as uninteresting and soul crushing as ever, but you know, you know that you've shattered your favourite score, enjoyed honing your tetris skills on their time and you aren't caught.
You too can live this life now!
This little button is essentially an Alt+F4 button, you can use this technique to make any button or buttons you want and it'll work on any computer* you need it to with no installation.
You can read more stuff like this on my website - including my Blog which makes as much sense as I do.
*This is true, though PS/2-USB adapter may be needed.
Step 1: Materials Etc.
- An old keyboard, this one donated to my CAPS LOCK KEY BADGE after it broke from being in the dishwasher
- Tin Foil
- Bits of wire - use single core if you have it - I grabbed an already chopped USB cable to scavenge wire and stranded is far trickier for this
- some card
- A crisp packet/biscuits pack/envelope - an appropriate hiding vessel
Step 2: Wires!
I'm not sure what keyboards are like in terms of uniformity but I've marked the pins you need in the image below...
Until the image notes bug is fixed just look at where the wires are coming out of, those are the ones you want.
This is a Dell USB keyboard from a few years ago.
If you want to make a different purpose button or have a differently made keyboard you'll need to trace the pins combinations yourself, it's not hard but it's boring...
If you find a keyboard with wired keyswitches you're in luck, you can make this thing in a single step by only keeping the two switches...
I threaded the wires through the holes above the pin connectors and just twisted them up and glued them, mainly because I couldn't find my solder and this works fine since they're under no strain really and they take up the entire hole meaning constant solid contact...
Step 3: Start the Switch
Cut one of the squishy spring things from the keyboard's innards and a piece of card.
Leave some flat space on the spring for sticking it on later.
Step 4: Pokin' Holes
Poke four holes in the card and thread the wires through them.
Step 5: Tin Time!
Glue four pieces of tin foil, one for each corner over the wires.
They should almost meet in the middle.
Now glue a piece of foil in to the springy thing's bottom as shown...
It should be wide enough to span the gaps between all four...
Step 6: Assemble the Button
Glue the spring over the tin foil contacts like the picture.
Plug it in to the computer and test it out on an open window...
Should do the trick - if not check all your connections...
Step 7: Hiding It.
Cut a hole in the bottom or back of your chosen hiding place and thread the USB cable through it...
Now pull it through and arrange inside.
If you're having trouble hiding it you can always tape the wires down - same for the USB cable...