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Windows 7: Can I create a shortcut to a keyboard multimedia key?

07 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Can I create a shortcut to a keyboard multimedia key?

I have a microsoft keyboard with multimedia keys. I have assigned one of the multimedia keys to the Instant Viewer feature from Intellitype Pro. I like this feature and think it would be more useful to put it on the mouse button but I have searched and cannot find any .exe for the Instant Viewer to create a program shortcut. I was thinking I could get around this by creating a shortcut to the multimedia key instead and then assigning that shortcut to the mouse. Does anyone know if it's possible to do this?

FYI, this is not the same as pressing Alt + Tab or Ctrl + Alt + Tab. The Intellitype Instant viewer covers the whole screen when activated while Alt + Tab just gives you a thin horizontal strip in the middle.

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08 Jul 2012   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Welcome to Seven Forums chillz. It is possible with AutoHotkey. I found this post. If you are not familiar, I will point one of our Gurus to this post, and see if he can elaborate:

Intellipoint Instant Viewer Hotkey • AutoHotkey Community

A Guy
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08 Jul 2012   #3

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

I just saw an article recently on AutoHotKey forum about getting the virtual key code that the multimedia key puts out. Then you'd only have to Send that in response to a mouse click combination. Unfortunately right now the search in AutoHotkey forum is being redirected through Google to some archive that hasn't been updated since 2008.

Try AutoHotkey forum search tomorrow. Try searching with terms
virtual key code programmable keyboard

and see what turns up.
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09 Jul 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
Welcome to Seven Forums chillz. It is possible with AutoHotkey. I found this post. If you are not familiar, I will point one of our Gurus to this post, and see if he can elaborate:

Intellipoint Instant Viewer Hotkey • AutoHotkey Community

A Guy
Thanks for the reply. Even though I am currently using Autohotkey with one script, I really have no idea how it works. I have no clue on how to script or program. Someone else had to help me make the script I was using. I can't even find an option to create a new script in AHK. If you can walk me through it with this issue I'd really appreciate it. Also I'm using Intellitype, not Intellipoint. I don't know if there would be a difference.
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09 Jul 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
I just saw an article recently on AutoHotKey forum about getting the virtual key code that the multimedia key puts out. Then you'd only have to Send that in response to a mouse click combination. Unfortunately right now the search in AutoHotkey forum is being redirected through Google to some archive that hasn't been updated since 2008.

Try AutoHotkey forum search tomorrow. Try searching with terms
virtual key code programmable keyboard

and see what turns up.
I found this post and it seems to be relevant: [How To] Capture Virtual-key code of a Keypress • AutoHotkey Community

but like I said with my previous post, I don't have the slightest idea on how to go about doing it.
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09 Jul 2012   #6

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

I don't use the AHK methods to look at code executed and keys pressed from running scripts via the tray icon. But I know there's a way to do it. I would post the question here:

Support • AutoHotkey Community

Someone may post a small script and tell how to use it.
Once you know what code that programmable key gives off, then it's easy to hook it up to lines of code that run when you press it. Running an external program is easy. It's getting the key from programmable keyboards that's not in my experience.

edit: the article you posted is not the one I'm thinking of. The method I'm talking about uses tray icon commands built into ahk. I think you pause the script, then there's a way to display the keys pressed. Someone of that forum will know.

edit: you should also download AHK_L

http://l.autohotkey.net/

You'll need it to run ahk scripts.
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11 Jul 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

k thx MilesAhead
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