KeyPenX – Control Microsoft PowerPoint with Surface Pen.
System requirements: Microsoft Surface device, Surface Pen, Windows 10 Anniversary Update, full desktop version of PowerPoint 2013 or 2016.
Will it work with non-Surface devices and pens? As long as your device and pen are supported in Windows Pen Settings, you should be able to use KeyPenX.
Control PowerPoint presentations with Surface Pen!
For all Surface devices compatible with Surface Pen it is possible to assign custom actions when you press top button of the pen, like opening OneNote or launching various applications. And now with KeyPenX you can also assign PowerPoint controlling actions! For example, go to the next slide when you click pen button once, previous slide when you double click and start slideshow, when you long-press the button. Essentially, KeyPenX turns your Surface Pen into PowerPoint remote control and it is also the very first Windows Store application allowing you to do so!
If you are an active Surface Pen user, especially if you are a teacher or a presenter frequently using PowerPoint and handwriting notes on slides, it is extremely convenient way of advancing slides using Surface Pen only.
What is unique about KeyPenX? It is also possible to assign some secondary actions when PowerPoint is not running. After presenting you don’t have to go back to your Surface system settings and change pen shortcuts to their default behavior.
How it works
On a first launch KeyPenX makes new subfolder “KeyPenX” in your “Documents” folder and generates three shortcuts “KeyPenXNextSlide.lnk”, “KeyPenXPrevSlide.lnk” and “KeyPenXRunSlideshow.lnk”.
Follow instructions in KeyPenX main window and assign those file shortcuts to pen shortcuts in system Pen settings:
It is really up to your preference, which action should be assigned to which Pen shortcut. For example, your system’s Pen settings might look like this:
Remember about unique aspect of KeyPenX – you can assign secondary action for each Pen shortcut and basically define what happens when PowerPoint is not running. You can choose between several options, like starting OneNote:
or any other windows command or application, just like in system Pen settings:
If you choose OneNote, remember that unfortunately it will not start under the lock screen, only Microsoft can do that 🙂 However, you can always keep one of the Pen shortcuts for default system behavior like OneNote (including running under the lock screen), or Windows Ink Workspace.