Mouse and Keyboard Tools

Anchor Link Always Mouse Wheel
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2013-03-31
Version: 3.03 – Released: 2013-03-30 Windows: 2000, 2003, 2005, 98, XP, Vista, 7, 8
File Size: 25 KB Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“Always Mouse Wheel is a small portable Windows program (Multilingual) this gives you the possibility when using the mouse wheel over any window (under the mouse pointer) to scrool via mouse wheel even if the window is not in the foreground, e.g., focussed.
“The program allows, optionally, to bring the wheel window to the foreground.”
Anchor Link AutoHotkeyupdate
License: GNU GPL – Open Source Last Reviewed: 2013-05-11
Version: – Released: 2013-05-11 Windows: XP, Vista, 7, 8
File Size: 2.5 MB Portable
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“AutoHotkey is a free, open source utility for Windows. With it, you can:
¤ Automate almost anything by sending keystrokes and mouse clicks. You can write a mouse or keyboard macro by hand or use the macro recorder.
¤ Create hotkeys for keyboard, joystick, and mouse. Virtually any key, button, or combination can become a hotkey.
¤ Expand abbreviations as you type them. For example, typing ‘btw’ can automatically produce ‘by the way’.
¤ Create custom data entry forms, user interfaces, and menu bars.
¤ Remap keys and buttons on your keyboard, joystick, and mouse.
¤ Run existing AutoIt v2 scripts and enhance them with new capabilities.
¤ Convert any script into an EXE file that can be run on computers that don’t have AutoHotkey installed.
¤ Getting started might be easier than you think. Check out the quick-start tutorial.”
Anchor Link ClicKey
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2008-09-13
Version: 1.0.2128.3 – Released: 2005-10-29 Windows: 9x, Me, NT, 2000, XP
File Size: 42 KB
“If you miss the days of clanky keyboards, or you’d like an audible indication when your keyboard’s keys are recognized, this little utility is for you.
“While ClicKey’s Sound Chooser dialog is highlighted and has the system ‘focus’, each one of your keyboard’s A through Z keys will ‘play’ each of ClicKey’s corresponding sounds at the volume currently set by ClicKey’s Volume control slider.”
Anchor Link ClickZap
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2008-09-13
Version: 1.1.01 – Released: 2002-11-12 Windows: 2000, XP
File Size: 422 KB
“ClickZap is a tool that makes use of your right-click button. ClickZap allows you to run a predefined action when you right-click two or three times at your current mouse double-click speed. There is no faster way to lock your computer when screen security is needed quickly. ClickZap will do any of the following actions when you right click repeatedly…
• Lock Computer
• Log Off Computer
• Shutdown Computer
• Minimize Window
• Minimize all Windows
• Close Window
• Close all Windows
• Mute Sound
“ClickZap runs automatically on startup and remembers what action you want to run. ClickZap includes an uninstall.”
Anchor Link CursorFX
License: Free – Plus $19.95 Last Reviewed: 2008-09-13
Version: 2.0 – Released: 2008-07-09 Windows: XP, Vista
File Size: 14 MB
“Stardock CursorFX is a program that lets you use and create incredibly cool looking Windows mouse cursors. It does this by taking advantage of the new visual effects features of Windows XP and Windows Vista. CursorFX users can create and use cursors that look and feel far superior to anything you’ve ever seen before! Best of all, it’s really easy to create your own super-charged cursors! It integrates into the standard Mouse interface of Windows and is easy to turn on and off as you need.
“CursorFX is a replacement for Stardock’s immensely popular cursor skinning program called CursorXP.”
Anchor Link DoOver
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2008-09-13
Version: 1.2 – Released: 2005-11-21
File Size: 205 KB
“Record and playback keyboard and mouse actions. Features:
♥ User defined hotkeys.
♥ Recorded macro can be edited throught the Settings menu before playback.
♥ Change playback speed through the Settings menu.
♥ Press Ctrl-F12 to start and stop recording.
♥ Press Ctrl-F5 to start playback.
♥ Press Esc to abort playback.
♥ Won’t move windows due to relative mouse actions.”
Anchor Link Edgeless 2
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2009-05-17
Version: 2.0 – Released: 2009-05-14 Windows: XP Vista
File Size: 808 KB
“Like the original version, this application causes the mouse pointer to wrap around the screen instead of stopping at the edges. It can be configured to start at Windows startup if required. With this version the user can choose to wrap on all sides, just horizontal or just vertical — note to maintain portability, this option must be set for each session. This version is also capable of supporting up to 2 monitors.”
Anchor Link HoeKey
License: Freeware – Donations appreciated Last Reviewed: 2012-05-31
Version: 1.18 – Released: 2011-10-12 Windows: All
File Size: 18 KB
“HoeKey is a small program to assign hotkeys to various tasks. Win-N to run notepad, Win-G to google search on current highlighted word, etc. The program is configurable with a simple .ini file. You can launch programs, web sites, adjust the volume, send keystrokes, popup messages and more.”
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Anchor Link Hot Keyboard
License: Shareware Last Reviewed: 2013-01-13
Version: 4.3.40 – Released: 2013-01-11 Windows: XP, 2003, Vista, 7, 8
File Size: 2.7 MB Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“Hot Keyboard assigns to hot keys such repetitive tasks as: frequently used text phrases or names, date/time stamps and email addressing, as well as application launches, etc. It can quickly change sound volumes, and can open dial-up connections. User defined functions can be recorded and played back. Network support: create macros once, share and synchronize them over LAN or WAN. Features:
¤ Paste text
¤ Autoreplace text
¤ Keystrokes and mouse actions record/playback
¤ Network support (Hot Keyboard Server required)”
Anchor Link HotKeyz
License: Freeware – Donations appreciated Last Reviewed: 2010-06-10
Version: – Released: 2010-06-10 Windows: All
File Size: 1.3 MB Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“HotKeyz is a keyboard utility with hotkey control for executing other files, folders or RUN commands. Launch applications in a Normal, Minimized or Maximized State. The Parameter option gives you parameter control when launching another application like Internet Explorer and surfing to a specific site as parameter. For example (iexplore.exe) with the parameter ( ).
“It also features default hotkeys for minimizing, maximizing, restoring or closing the active window. Launch your default e-mail window to compose a new email. Control your WinAmp without it being focused. Define memo type text and with a hotkey paste your text into your e-mails, documents, etc. You can also paste special characters or the current date and time. Open and close your CD-Rom(s). Power off, shutdown, logoff or reboot your PC with a hotkey press. Start your screen saver, hide or unhide your desktop, taskbar or any desktop with a hotkey.
“The HotKeyz tray icon will change to indicate a key press. The shortcuts work with the WIN, CTRL, ALT, SHIFT modifier keys and with most of the other keyboard keys. You can even enable or disable unwanted hotkeys without deleting them from the hotkey list. You can also categorise all your hotkeys. Print preview and then print all your hotkeys to have quick reference hard copy.”
Anchor Link I Hate This Key
License: Shareware Last Reviewed: 2008-11-09
Version: 5.1 – Released: 2008-11-09 Windows: 2000, XP, 2003, Vista
File Size: 663 KB
“Tired of accidental key taps that throw you out of the hot battle in Counter Strike or Quake, make your e-mails screaming or computer sleeping? Try I Hate This Key Deluxe Edition and be happy.
“I Hate This Key can customize any system-wide keys on any keyboard. This means deactivating a key completely (a very popular option for Caps Lock), customizing them (for example, activating Caps Lock only when pressed twice or held down), F-Lock inversion option for the functional keys (F1 through F12), forbidding deactivating of Num Lock or any other key, and allowing game users to block infamous Windows Logo key along with system-wide key combinations (like Win+D) while playing games.”
Anchor Link KatMouse
License: Freeware – Donations appreciated Last Reviewed: 2012-11-11
Version: 1.04 – Released: 2007-06-01 Windows: NT, 2000, XP, Vista
File Size: 334 KB
“The prime purpose of the KatMouse utility is to enhance the functionality of mice with a scroll wheel, offering ‘universal’ scrolling: moving the mouse wheel will scroll the window directly beneath the mouse cursor (not the one with the keyboard focus, which is default on Windows OSes). IMO this is a major increase in the usefullness of the mouse wheel.
“Another feature involves the wheel button. Since the wheel button is not consistently used in Windows, KatMouse can use it for a kind of task switching: with a click of the wheel button you can push a window to the buttom of the stack of windows that is your desktop, making a recovered window the active window.”
Anchor Link Keyboard Layout Creator
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2010-09-10
Version: 1.3.4073 – Released: 2004-05-20 Windows: 2000, XP, 2003
File Size: 4.6 MB Requires: .NET Framework
“Ever wanted to quickly and easily define your own keyboard layout for a language Microsoft doesn’t support? Or define your own keyboard layout so you can quickly and easily enter your favorite symbols with a simple keystroke? Well, want no more: the Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator is here!
“The Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator extends the international functionality of Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 systems by allowing users to:
¤ Create new keyboard layouts from scratch
¤ Base a new layout on an existing one
¤ Modify an existing keyboard layout (.KLC) file and build a new layout from it
¤ Package the resulting keyboard layouts for subsequent deployment and installation.”
Anchor Link Macro Recorder Lite
License: Shareware Last Reviewed: 2010-01-23
Version: 4.6 – Released: 2010-01-23 Windows: 9x, Me, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, 7
File Size: 1.9 MB
“Jitbit Macro Recorder LITE is a low cost automation solution to record and play mouse clicks, mouse movements and keyboard strokes. Jitbit Macro Recorder LITE is very easy to use, quick to configure and is great value for money. Download now and start automating your tasks in minutes.
“Unlike its big brother (Macro Recorder) the LITE version is an ‘express edition’, which has no visual macro editor, no EXE-compiler, no custom commands and conditions, no playback speed adjustment. Choose the LITE version if you do not need expert features like debug functionality, ‘spy-mode’ recording and append-mode recording. All other key features are present. It is a simple and low cost mouse and key record/save/play system. Yet it features full windows shell integration, scheduling and the same powerful record/playback engine as the main edition.”
Anchor Link MouseWrangler
License: Freeware – Source included Last Reviewed: 2012-08-11
Version: 1.3 – Released: 2012-08-09 Windows: All
File Size: 1.21 MB Portable
“MouseWrangler is a freeware utility for performing mouse gestures. MouseWrangler monitors the mouse while Right-Click is held and keeps track of the movements made. When a set of movements is made, called a gesture, an action is performed. MouseWrangler can simulate keystrokes, or run programs and files to automate common Windows tasks (like closing programs, minimizing programs, saving files, and so on). For more complex actions, MouseWrangler can also be used to trigger external macro programs.
• Detects normal Up, Down, Left, and Right directions
• Optionally detects diagonal movements
• Single and multiple keystroke emulation
• Program and file exectuion
• Optional Suggestion popup, Help popup, Scratchpad, and Auto-correction
• Highly configurable”
Anchor Link nMacro
License: Shareware Last Reviewed: 2012-02-20
Version: 2.0.2 – Released: 2009-12-09 Windows: XP, Vista, 7
File Size: 611 KB Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“nMacro allows you to record both keyboard and mouse actions and then save them as standalone executable (EXE) file. To playback the action, just double-click the executable. The program is very easy to use, just click the record button, and it will start recording your mouse and keyboard actions. You can optionally disable keyboard input during playback, and also password protect the macro. In order for the program to work properly, the icons, menus and dialogs that are used during recording must be exactly in the same position on the screen.”
Anchor Link Noisy Mouse
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2008-09-13
Version: 2.0 – Released: 1998-10-01 Windows: 9x, Me, NT, 2000, XP
File Size: 219 KB
“Noisy Mouse is a simple program that adds separate sounds to right, left, and middle mouse button actions. It adds the three selections to the Windows Sounds properties, allowing you to use the native Control Panel applet to assign any of the three files included, or any .wav file your prefer. Noisy Mouse optionally resides in your system tray to provide access to editing the sounds or terminating the program anytime you don’t want to hear the sounds.”
Anchor Link SharpKeys
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2008-09-13
Version: 2.1.1 – Released: 2006-07-08 Windows: NT, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista
File Size: 24 KB
“SharpKeys is a Registry hack that is used to make certain keys on a keyboard act like other keys. For example, if you accidentally hit Caps Lock often, you could use this utility to map Caps Lock to a Shift key or even turn it off completely. This official release includes support for up to 104 mappings, an extensive list of available keys, and a Type Key option to help when managing mappings.”
Anchor Link Shortcuts Map
License: Cardware Last Reviewed: 2008-09-13
Version: 2.3 – Released: 2004-04-08 Windows: 9x, Me, NT 4.0, 2000, XP, 2003
File Size: 348 KB
“Shortcuts Map will help you to manage hotkeys assigned to Windows shortcuts on the desktop or in the Start menu hierarchy. With the straightforward user interface, you can easily to change a hotkey or find an unused hotkey. If you like it, please send me a postcard and tell me why you use it and your suggestions.”
Anchor Link Volumouse
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2012-02-20
Version: 2.00 – Released: 2012-01-08 Windows: All
File Size: 52 KB Both 32- and 64-bit versions
“Volumouse provides you a quick and easy way to control the sound volume on your system – simply by rolling the wheel of your wheel mouse. It allows you to define a set of rules for determining when the wheel will be used for changing the sound volume. For example: You can configure Volumouse to use your mouse wheel for volume control when the Alt key is hold down, when the left mouse button is down, when the mouse cursor is over the taskbar, and so on…
“When the conditions that you define are not satisfied, your mouse wheel will be used for the regular scrolling tasks, exactly as before.”
Anchor Link WizMouse
License: Freeware – Donations appreciated Last Reviewed: 2012-02-20
Version: – Released: 2011-10-05 Windows: XP, Vista, 7
File Size: 544 KB Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“WizMouse is a mouse enhancement utility that makes your mouse wheel work on the window currently under the mouse pointer, instead of the currently focused window. This means you no longer have to click on a window before being able to scroll it with the mouse wheel. This is a far more comfortable and practical way to make use of the mouse wheel.
“WizMouse can also optionally enable the mouse wheel in applications that don’t support it. It does this by translating mouse wheel commands into scroll bar commands that all applications can understand and process.
• Scrolls windows under the mouse without having to click first
• Enables the mouse wheel in applications that don’t support mouse wheels
• Option to enable/disable WizMouse by left clicking on tray icon
“Once WizMouse has been installed and is active, configure it by double clicking on the WizMouse icon in the system tray.”
Anchor Link X-Mouse Button Control
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2011-03-27
Version: 2.0 – Released: 2011-03-26 Windows: 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, 7
File Size: 3.87 MB
“X-Mouse Button Control is a windows application to remap your mouse buttons.
“This software was originally designed and written for Microsoft Windows XP/2003/Vista/2008/7 and later x64 editions but I have also, from version 1.5, built a 32bit version that supports all 32bit versions of windows from Windows 2000. The installation kit determines which OS you are running and therefore which version to install automatically.
“You are able to provide an application or window specific mappings, which means an application or window can use the mouse buttons differently from another. This is useful for games which do not inherently support the extended mouse buttons, because you can map keys to each button. You can also define up to 5 layers of different button configurations per profile. What’s more, the list of functions available to map to is somewhat more comprehensive than the 32bit MS Intellimouse Software can handle, including things like:
♦ Copy/Cut/Paste
♦ Volume Up/Down/Mute
♦ Media Player control
♦ Send a custom keystroke sequence
♦ Launch your email (or any other) application
♦ Capture screen (or active window) image to clipboard
♦ Click-Drag [Sticky Buttons]
♦ Save and restore desktop icon positions
♦ Vista (and Windows 7) support including some Vista/7 only features such as ‘Flip 3D’ ”