Hot Keyboard

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In this dialog you can specify global Hot Keyboard options.

Hot key to start the recording - you can choose a hot key which will start recording keystrokes. Please, see the Record and play keystrokes topic for more information.

Hot key to activate the main dialog box - you can choose a hot key to open main Hot Keyboard dialog here.

Hot key to show the reference card - the Hot Keyboard quick reference card can be quickly shown with this hot key. Please note that only when the Quick Reference card is accessed by this hot key, you will be able to run a macro directly from the Quick Reference card by double clicking on macro's name.

Always run Hot Keyboard as administrator - This option is available under Windows Vista only and tells Hot Keyboard to request elevation at its startup.

Minimize on press of Close button - When checked, clicking on the "Close" button of the main dialog box (the X button in the top-right corner of every window) will minimize Hot Keyboard instead of exiting it.

Distinguish between arrows and numpad - Normally Hot Keyboard does not distinguish between the dedicated arrow keys and the number pad arrow keys. Check this option and Hot Keyboard will distinguish between the left-arrow only key, for example, and the number pad's left-arrow key (that is also the number 4 key). Important note: Hot Keyboard will not distinguish between these two sets of arrow keys when in the DOS window.

"Greedy" hot key handling - Check this option if you want Hot Keyboard hot keys active rather than the hot keys of the application running in the current window. This option is used when you are working in a Windows application that has its own set of hot keys, such as a word processor with its own macros. This option does not affect the hot keys of the Windows application in any way. It simply ignores that application's hot keys and uses those of Hot Keyboard.

Populate tray icon menu with desktop - Check this to have your Desktop contents conveniently listed on the menu that pops up as you right-click on the Hot Keyboard system tray icon

Enable integration with shell - Hot Keyboard can be integrated to the pop-up menus of Internet Explorer and Windows Explorer. With this option checked, if you right-click on a file or folder in Windows Explorer then choose "Handle with Hot Keyboard", a new macro handling this file (or folder) will be created. You can do the same for a web page while in Internet Explorer to add bookmarks quickly.

Digits first in menus - When a menu is created and called up, each item listed in that menu has its own automatically assigned number or letter. Pressing its number or letter executes that macro. This option defines how the numbering starts: whether you prefer to have letters or digits first.

Keyboard name - the name of the currently selected keyboard and its manufacturer is shown here. Keyboard type determines the text strings that are shown in hotkey input fields when you press the keyboard-specific extended keys (e.g. the "iTouch" key on Logitech keyboards).

Keyboard layout file - the name of currently loaded keyboard layout file is show here. You can load another layout or create your own one with the buttons below. Keyboard layout consists of key names that are shown in hotkey input fields. The default Hot Keyboard keyboard layout includes names for all standard extended keys like "Play", "Next track", etc.

Choose keyboard layout - press this button to choose another keyboard layout file. The keyboard layout files are shipped with Hot Keyboard or can be created on your own.

Launch Hot Keyboard layout utility - press this button to launch Hot Keyboard Layout tool. This tool can create a keyboard layout file for your particular keyboard if it is not shipped within the Hot Keyboard package.

Ask for macro password at startup - if this box is checked, Hot Keyboard asks the user to enter unprotection macro password at startup.

Don't warn me if multiple macro passwords are used - if checked, Hot Keyboard does not warn the user if he tries to use multiple passwords. Otherwise, the warning is displayed when the user encounters macro protected with different password.

Show all reminders - Check this box to have all Hot Keyboard "are you sure?" dialog boxes active in all cases where a permanent change or deletion is to take place. It is recommended that you keep this checked until you become familiar with Hot Keyboard.

In-place help for dialogs - Check this box to have all Hot Keyboard help messages displayed when you move the cursor over each button, choice, setting or text box. It is recommended that you keep this checked until you become familiar with Hot Keyboard.

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