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Use AppleScript for a Virtual Numpad
Authored by: gmachen on Jul 23, '10 10:43:09AM

I use QuicKeys to re-map keys to behave just like the former good ol' embedded numeric keypad. No switching contexts or any other complications; it "just works." However, QuicKeys (or any other command-key assignment utility) cannot incorporate the fn key as a modifier; there's something funky about the fn key technically (it was once explained to me by a shareware programmer, but I've forgotten the details). So I just use the Ctrl key; it's easy to adjust to it in short order. (If you orient yourself by resting your pinky on the fn key, your ring finger naturally is where it needs to be for the Ctrl key.) There's probably a way also to duplicate the NumLock key functionality with QuicKeys (involving some multi-step macro with if-then dependencies), but I haven't ever needed it, so I never tried constructing one.

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