All Tablet PCs have extra buttons next to the screen, to give the user non-pen-based input options when in tablet mode. And of course these buttons can be remapped by the user – the question is what to map the buttons to, and why?
Here’s my current setup and the reasoning behind it:
- Right button turns off the screen – this is a standard Tablet PC option that Toshiba have for some bizarre reason disabled on the Portege 3500. Big thanks to Rob Bushway for finding monsus.exe to do the trick.
- Middle button maps to the space bar – or “scroll to the next page” in any reasonable text app. Especially nice when reading documents in portrait mode.
- Left button toggles the screen keyboard – when the tablet pc is on my desk, I rotate the keyboard around so that it’s out of sight. Mostly I use it as a second screen for my desktop, but sometimes in standalone mode I still want to enter text (e.g. my login password).
Now, roundabout here I was going to say how I really wished that I could set up the buttons differently for different screen orientations – but I just noticed that option is already available in the screenshot 🙂 So, I’m thinking that I should set up a dedicated set of “reading” buttons for portrait mode, freeing up the middle button to use for something else in landscape mode. Any suggestions? What do you map your buttons to?