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Keyboard Express is a keyboard macro utility. It is designed to do the repetitive keystrokes for you and free your time for more important tasks. It allows you to issue just about any series of keystrokes to your Windows® applications with the touch of a couple of keys or at predetermined intervals. You'll quickly appreciate the amount of time that Keyboard Express will save you each day.

What is a Macro?

A macro is a set of commands that can be played back at will to perform a given task. These tasks can be something simple such as inserting your name and address into a word processor to something more complex such as launching a program, copying data from it, activating another program, pasting the data into it and repeating this several times. Tasks performed by macros are typically repetitive in nature allowing significant savings in time by executing the macro instead of manually repeating the commands.

Building a Macro

There are a few ways to create macros with Keyboard Express. One method is to capture (record) your keystrokes. Start the recording of the macro and enter the keystrokes in your application. When finished, stop the recording and save the macro. You may also build your own macros with the easy to use HotKey Editor. Select from a list of commands and insert them into the macro. No programming skills are required. Or you may choose to use one of the Quick Macros.

Macro Playback Options

Keyboard Express allows you to execute (play back) macros in one of three ways. The most common method is to press a hotkey combination such as CTRL+ALT+R or Shift F12. There are a number of single keys that can be assigned as a hotkey. In all there are over 846 different hotkey combinations available. You may also choose to activate a macro via a shortkey. Type from 2 to 32 characters an the macro will launch. Or have your macro execute on schedule. You can program the macro to play back hourly, daily, weekly or monthly. Schedules such as the first Tuesday of every quarter or every 15 days can also be accommodated. You can set up practically any type schedule with Keyboard Express.

Macro Scope

Keyboard Express allows you to place restrictions on a macro, as to when it should execute. You can assign global macros to play back in all Windows programs or Window Specific macros that only allow the macro to execute in a specific window.