How It Works/Reference

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The Numpad

Your numpad is used to trigger your superpowers. Here's how it works:

  • Numpad 0 (highlighted in red in the picture) pops the sidebar in/out from the side of the screen - it shows you at a glance what each numpad button does.
  • NumLock (circled in green) will turn Numpad Superpowers on/off:
    • When numlock is OFF, your numpad has superpowers.
    • When numlock is ON, your numpad just types numbers as it normally does.
  • Numpad del/dot (highlighted in blue) is used to switch between different menus of superpowers (if you have more than one).
  • Numpad 1-9 will trigger the corresponding superpower on your menu.
  • You can use a separate USB numpad, or one which is built into your keyboard - they will both work perfectly well.

The Sidebar

The sidebar shows you at a glance what each of the buttons on your numpad does.

  • The bottom buttons (circled in purple) are:
    • 'Editor' opens up the main automation editor where you can create, edit and arrange your superpowers.
    • 'Help' displays a popup with a reminder of the main things you need to know to use Numpad Superpowers.
    • 'Exit' is how you close Numpad Superpowers when you're finished using it.
  • To show the sidebar you can either press numpad 0, or you can hover your mouse over the blue bump (which is highlighted in green in the picture). Alternatively, you can trigger the keyboard shortcut assigned to numpad 0.
  • The title (highlighted in red) tells you the name of the current menu and you can click the blue buttons either side to change between menus. This is only applicable if you are using multiple menus.

The Editor

The Editor is where you create and edit your superpowers. It is accessed by pressing the 'Editor' button at the bottom of the sidebar.

Creating automation

Automation is created by dragging and dropping commands into the middle of the editor.

  • The superpower will work like a list, it will do line 1, then line 2, then line 3 etc.
  • Keys pressed together (like ctrl + shift + f) go on the same line, as seen in the picture.
  • All other commands go on their own line – this includes delays, typing text, individual key presses (like Enter), mouse movements and basically anything which isn’t pressing keys down together.
  • To delete a command, right click it. To edit a command, left click it.

Multiple Menus

Different menus will make the numpad buttons do different things. This is sometimes described as multiple ‘layers’.

For example, you may have one menu you use to format and insert things in Microsoft Word, and another menu you use to edit photos in Photoshop (like in the picture).

  • To enable multiple menus go to the editor and find the options button in the bottom right. Click it and untick ‘hide multiple menu controls’
  • To switch between menus press the numpad del/dot key or use the blue arrow keys either side of the menu name.
  • To edit, rename and create menus click the ‘Edit Menus’ button which will appear after you’ve enabled multiple menus in ‘Options’. You will find the ‘Edit Menus’ button at the bottom left of the main automation editor.

If you want to know more, there is a detailed blog post on multiple menus here.

Keyboard Shortcuts

You can fully control your superpowers using keyboard shortcuts - you don't actually need to have a numpad! This is useful if you use a laptop which doesn't have a numpad.

  • To enable keyboard shortcuts click the 'Options' button in the bottom right of the main automaton editor, and untick 'Hide the shortcut editor'.
  • To open the shortcut editor press the 'Shortcuts' button next to the options button in the bottom right of the main automation editor.

The shortcut editor allows you to assign a shortcut to each of the numpad buttons. Pressing the shortcut will do exactly the same as pressing the corresponding numpad button.

In the picture, numpad 0 is assigned the shortcut ctrl + alt + 0. Therefore, pressing this keyboard shortcut will pop the sidebar in/out – the same as pressing numpad 0.

If you want to know more, there is a detailed blog post on keyboard shortcuts here.

Hook up your own keypad/macropad

If you have a USB macropad/shortcut keypad you can use it to control Numpad Superpowers.

Any brand, make or model of shortcut keypad can be used - all you need to do is the following:

  1. In the native software which came with your keypad/macropad make it do a keyboard shortcut (such as ctrl + alt + 0) when one of the buttons is pressed
  2. Open up Numpad Superpowers and go to the shortcut editor, as detailed in the section above.
  3. Assign the shortcut you chose in step 1) using the shortcut editor. e.g. ctrl + alt + 0 to trigger numpad 0.
  4. Repeat this for other buttons until your macropad/keypad is set up how you want it.

Now you no longer need to use the original/native software which came with your macropad/keypad ever again!