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ControlPad – Launch Programs With The Numeric Keypad

by Johnny Karp 31 August 2009 No Comment

Features Overview

  • Can execute any command through the numeric keypad.
  • Can also use words instead of numeric codes.
  • Highly customizable.


ControlPad is a very interesting freeware program that can turn your numeric keypad into a Windows command execution system. You can execute any program through the numeric codes that you will choose, just like the speed dial on your phone. Even more, you can configure it to open a document, a web address or send a sequence of keystrokes once you input a code of your choice.

control pad screenshot 1

The program is fairly easy to use, once it is started you will see the icon in the system tray. If you press and hold the * button on your numeric keypad a tiny window will pop up in about one second and you can start typing in a code.

control pad screenshot 2

If that code is already assigned to launch a command just press enter and get going. If you want to assign a command to that code press the “divide” ( / ) button on your numeric keypad and choose your command, it’s very easy.

control pad screenshot 3

The program also has a “laptop mode”, for those of you who have a laptop computer without numeric keypad on the keyboard. You can also customize just about anything through the options window, from sounds and fonts to the location of the commands file.

control pad screenshot 4

The program also has a portable version that you can use without installing anything.

Version Tested



Sector Seven

Operating System

Windows XP

Download link


Very easy to use.

Highly customizable.




Well, I don’t know if ControlPad might be useful for you, but you have to admit that it’s a pretty interesting freeware program. I enjoyed playing with it for a while but I’m still not sure if it’s improving my computer life or not. I rarely use the speed dial on my phone too, so I don’t know if ControlPad will have me hooked. Anyway, I’m going to keep it for a while and see how it goes.

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