If you have an spare keyboard or number pad. You can use it as a macro keyboard. Such as when you press a key, a pre-programmed task happens. For example, an app is started or an autohotkey script is executed.
You need the following things:
Step 1: Choose a Keyboard
You can use a full keyboard or a small number pad.
- Number pad
A number pad is small and is easier to place on your desk. It is best if you do not need many macros.
- Full keyboard
It takes up a lot of space on your desk but you do have a lot of keys of different shapes and sizes
(Note: You can also use a wireless keyboard)
Step 2: Multiboard
Windows cannot see the difference between 2 keyboards so we use an Arduino UNO with a usb hostshield to distinguish the second keyboard. And we need a program to let the keys of the 2nd keyboard do certain tasks. We use MultiBoard for this.
Step 3: AutoHotkey
You can get the most out of Multiboard if you use it with AutoHotkey. AutoHotkey is a scripting program with which you can make very complex scripts. for example, you can make a key combination or move your mouse to a specific location.