Second Keyboard for Macros

Second Keyboard for Macros © GPL3+

Use a second keyboard for macros or as additional input on a Windows computer.

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Components and supplies

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Arduino UNO & Genuino UNO
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Arduino USB Host Shield
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Apps and online services

MultiBoard
Download latest release Here: https://github.com/Tygo-bear/MultiBoard/releases

About this project

If you have any 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.

Supplies:

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 in 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 host shield 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.

Here is a guide for installing MultiBoard.


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.

AutoHotkey

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