The is the fifth tutorial for External Keyboard Helper. You'll find a all the tutorials here.
A nice feature in External Keyboard Helper is the possibility to add Application shortcuts and Text strings to keys. In this example I will configure Alt+G to start Gmail and Alt+M to start Maps. I will also make it possible to quickly write http://www.apedroid.com by just pressing Alt+A.
I will not go into details on how to create a new custom layout, go to the second tutorial for that.
First I enter the Advanced settings and choose to setup some Application shortcuts.
Right now all the slots A0 to AF are empty.
I select the first slot, A0, and a list of all my installed and system apps shows up. From that list I select Gmail.
I repeat the procedure for A1 and select Maps and when I'm done the list looks like this.
Now I go back into Advanced settings and choose to configure Text strings.
Also here we find 16 empty slots, T0 to TF.
In the first slot, T0, I enter http://www.apedroid.com.
Do not forget to scroll down to the bottom of the list and press Save.
Now all that is left is to map them to keys so i choose to customize my layout. If I would already have mappings for G, M and A then I would need to select those from the list but since I'm using the English(US) layout in this example there are no current mappings to those keys so choose to add a new mapping.
First out is G which has scancode 34 and in the AltGr field I enter a0 for Application shortcut 0. The app will automatically change a0 into unicode 0x2410 so I could, if I wanted, have entered 0x2410 directly. However entering a0 (or A0) is much easier.
I repeat the procedure for M (scancode 50) and enter a1 in the AltGr field. For mapping the Text string the procedure is the same and I enter t0 in the AltGr field for A (scancode 30).
Back in the list of remapped keys I can see the new mappings.
Checking the mappings confirms that a0, a1 and t0 are translated into 0x2410, 0x2411 and 0x2400.
This is the end of tutorial 5 that should give you a pretty good idea on how to setup Application shortcuts and Text strings for yourself.