Samsung Series 7 Slate - AutoHotkey + Number Pad


Gear: Series 7 Slate, Keypads/Numberpads, Razer Nostromo, AutoHotkey, Logitech G13, Adobe Photoshop.

Windows based systems offer very powerful programs. With a Windows tablet we have the full web browsing experience, the full Photoshop, the full MS Office suite, and so on. The problem with the current Windows slates is that the user interface was made for a mouse and keyboard, not for touch + pen. The keyboard gives us powerful shortcuts to tools and helps us perform actions faster than a touch only interface can. The good thing about Windows is that we can use almost all peripherals and combine it with good software to have a great experience.


With a number pad and software like AutoHotkey we can create a new way of interacting with a slate. Shortcuts with our left hand, on screen actions with our right hand. It can be very useful for those into editing, painting, or pure leisure programs.

AutoHotkey gives you the ability to create scripts. With these scripts you can remap keyboard shortcuts to a number pad. In a way you are optimizing whatever experience you plan on doing with your computer.

My Number Pad Examples:
  • Remote control for media player programs.
  • Faster and better navigation of internet browsers.
  • Shortcuts for rapid interface with Adobe Photoshop.

Ultimately you will have to figure out what keyboard shortcuts work for your needs. My examples are just a small demonstration of what could be accomplished. It's up to your creative brain to get the most out of these tools.



These scripts work when NumLock is off. Enjoy!

Media Player

NumpadDiv::Volume_Down
NumpadMult::Volume_UP
NumpadSub::Send ^!{tab}

NumpadHome::Media_Prev
NumpadUp::Up
NumpadpgUp::Media_Next

NumpadLeft::Left
NumpadClear::Down
NumpadRight::Right

NumpadEnd::Browser_Back
NumpadDown::Media_Stop
NumpadPgDn::Browser_Forward

NumpadIns::Launch_Media
NumpadDel::Volume_Mute

NumpadAdd::Media_Play_Pause
NumpadEnter::Enter

Browser

NumpadDiv::Volume_Down
NumpadMult::Volume_UP 
NumpadSub::Send ^!{tab}

NumpadHome::^v
NumpadUp::PgUp
NumpadpgUp::^c

NumpadLeft::Send ^+{tab}
NumpadClear::PgDn
NumpadRight::Send ^{tab}

NumpadEnd::Browser_Back
NumpadDown::^t
NumpadPgDn::Browser_Forward

NumpadIns::Run http://reader.google.com
NumpadDel::f5

NumpadAdd::^d
NumpadEnter::Enter

Photoshop
NumpadDiv::Volume_Down
NumpadMult::Volume_UP 
NumpadSub::Send ^!{tab}

NumpadHome::
KeyWait, %A_ThisHotkey% 
Send !^z 
Send {Esc}
return

NumpadUp::Send ^{z}

NumpadpgUp::
KeyWait, %A_ThisHotkey% 
Send +^z 
Send {Esc}
return

NumpadLeft::^t
NumpadClear::m
NumpadRight::b

NumpadEnd::[
NumpadDown::j
NumpadPgDn::]

NumpadIns::Shift
NumpadDel::e

NumpadAdd::Ctrl
NumpadEnter::Enter

Published: Dec 9, 2011

7 comments:

  1. How are you holding up the slate in this video?

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  2. Leo,
    I'm using an iGobee Foldable Stand
    http://www.jessebandersen.com/2011/10/igobee-foldable-stand-for-laptops-and.html

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  3. in your opinion is this the best pressure sensitive tablet for digital drawing inking painting?

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  4. evaxe,
    Any Tablet PC that uses Wacom digitizers will work fine. There are many systems including: Lenovo ThinkPad X220T, Fujitsu Lifebook T901, Samsung Series 7 Slate, Asus Eee Slate EP121, Asus Eee Slate B121, HP Elitebook 2760p.

    Drawings with N-Trig tablets are not as smooth as Wacom.

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  5. Hi, the photoshop script is set to work with the default shortcuts or did you create a new shortcut profile on photoshop too?

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  6. Hi, the script I am using works both when NumLock is on and off. Please help?

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