Can I use separate numeric keyboards, one with the NumLock on and the other with it off?
At work, I currently use AutoHotkey
to map some of my keys to automatically write out sentences/questions that I type frequently, to map certain key combinations to one key (for instance PageU = Ctrl + C/PageDown = Ctrl + V), and to perform macros of multi-step actions. I'm currently using every never-used key to perform an action (ScrlLk? Pause?), but I'd still like to automate more stuff.
Is it possible to use an auxiliary numeric keyboard like this
in addition to the numeric keypad already on my keyboard, with one having NumLock on and the other having it off? Autohotkey, rightfully, treats these two situations differently
. I'm envisioning being able to press a key on the auxiliary keyboard, which will perform the automated function, while still being able to use the numbers on my regular keypad (this is essential since I work with numbers).
This confuses me due to the fact that the NumLock boot settings can be changed in the Bios and somehow that makes me think that pressing the NumLock button changes how the computer interprets all number key pad entries. I'm hoping that's wrong and that each keyboard is handled separately. I use Windows 7.
Something like this
would also work, but programmable keypads seem to be way more expensive than auxiliary numeric keypads. But if you know of a cheap programmable keypad, please let me know. Thanks in advance for any help!