Using keyboard shortcuts for Performing different actions on your computer can be considered far more efficient than moving the mouse around in order to click on everything. For instance in order to copy and paste text from one window to another, if you perform the task with the help of just the mouse, you are required to select the text, then right-click it, choose copy, and after that move to the other window, again right-click it, and select paste. Now let’s say that if you are planning to do this using the keyboard shortcuts for copy and paste, you are just required to select the text, after that simply hit Ctrl + C in order to copy it, and in the end Ctrl + V at the destination in order to paste it there. The fact that multiple applications come with their own set of shortcuts, it becomes slightly hard to memorize all of them. Here you will get introduced to the keyboard shortcut application for Windows that is termed as NumPad Transformer which, as the name talks for itself transforms the NumPad of your keyboard into shortcuts for the functions that are used on frequent basis for example Copy, Paste, Close Tab, Switch Windows etc.
The first thing that you’ll come across and notice about the application is that it does not possess a usual interface. After installation gets completed, it runs in the system tray and its shortcuts are then available to be used with the help of numpad. Simply right-clicking the system tray icon allows you to quit the app when it finally comes down to in-app functionality, rest of the options that are provided there open up the developer’s website, and are not directly linked to the app’s functionality on its own.
Apart from the Numpad, the application also has the capability of transforming the Scroll Lock and Pause/Break keys in order to perform various functions. The basic idea behind is to take all the keys that we barely use, and get their functionality replaced with more useful functions.
Given below is the list of the shortcuts and their main features that the application comes up with:
- Scroll Lock: Can be used to Copy the selected item.
- Pause/Break: Can function as paste the copied item from clipboard to the currently active destination.
- Forward Slash (/): Has the tendency to Navigate through the different tabs of the selected application, for example your browser.
- Asterisk (*): Can function to Close the currently open tab of the selected application.
- Plus (+): Helps you Navigate through all the open windows as a replacement of Alt+Tab.
- Del (.): Performs either of these functions Shutdown, Restart, Sleep or Log Off the computer.
- Enter: Can be used to Minimize the selected window.
- Hyphen (-): Helps you to Restore the minimized windows.
The numbers from 0-9 can be used in order to control the mouse cursor. If you want to navigate the mouse cursor using the keyboard, you are required to hold down the Shift key and after that press the number for moving the cursor in the corresponding direction. 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 9 work as the directional keys are placed, while 0 and 5 respectively function as left-click and right-click.
It might take you some time to get used to the shortcuts but once you get a command of it, the application will speed up your pace of work for sure. NumPad Transformer is workable on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Widows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.
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