Use Surface Pen to control PowerPoint, Google Slides, Adobe Acrobat DC, Acrobat Reader DC, VLC Player, OpenOffice or LibreOffice Impress, record audio clips, take snapshots from camera and more
You can buy KeyPenX from Microsoft Store, free 7-days trial:
For all Surface devices compatible with Surface Pen it is possible to assign custom actions when you press the top button, for example opening OneNote or launching various other applications. With KeyPenX you can also assign PowerPoint controlling actions – go to the next slide when you click pen button once, previous slide when you double click and start slideshow, when you press and hold the button. Essentially, KeyPenX turns your Surface Pen into PowerPoint remote control!
Unlike default fixed PowerPoint shortcuts for Surface Pen in Windows 10, with KeyPenX you can fully customize presentation navigation shortcuts, including starting slideshow.
If you are an active Surface Pen user, especially if you are a teacher or a presenter frequently using PowerPoint and handwriting notes on your slides, it is extremely convenient way of advancing presentations using Surface Pen only.
What is unique about KeyPenX? It is also possible to assign 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.
Even if you don’t use PowerPoint for presentations, with KeyPenX you can control Google Slides in Google Chrome or Firefox browser, Adobe Acrobat DC, Acrobat Reader DC, VLC Player, OpenOffice or LibreOffice Impress.
KeyPenX has embedded actions for recording short audio clips and taking snapshots from camera.
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.
How it works
During the first launch KeyPenX makes a new sub-folder “KeyPenX” in your “Documents” folder and generates three shortcuts “KeyPenX-SingleClick.lnk”, “KeyPenX-DoubleClick.lnk” and “KeyPenX-PressHold.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:
New in 1.5:
- Control Google Slides in Google Chrome or Firefox browser, Adobe Acrobat DC, Acrobat Reader DC, VLC Player, OpenOffice or LibreOffice Impress.
- Free 7-days trial.
New in 1.3:
- Camera preview during taking snapshots.
- Take image sequences, up to 20 images.
- Updated instructions for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
New in 1.2:
- Individual configuration options for Surface Pen actions when PowerPoint is running and when it’s not.
- New PowerPoint action: start slideshow from current slide.
- New standard actions: OneNote Desktop, Windows Ink Workspace.
- New KeyPenX actions: short audio recording up to 30 sec, take a snapshot from Surface camera.
- More logical naming of KeyPenX file shortcuts in “Documents\KeyPenX” folder, new names are: “KeyPenX-SingleClick.lnk”, “KeyPenX-DoubleClick.lnk” and “KeyPenX-PressHold.lnk”.
- Experimental support for Windows 10 S.