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3.7 Auto Keys

The auto keys feature lets you define keys, that Soundpad will press automatically, when you play a sound. So, you can play a game and let Soundpad press the Push-To-Talk key for you.

You can configure auto keys at File ▷ Preferences ▷ Hotkeys ▷ Auto Keys.

Auto keys are limited by security restrictions of Windows and may not work in certain situations. If you come into such a situation, then you can make Auto Keys work again by running Soundpad as administrator.

3.7.1 Conditions

Auto keys are really powerful and in some situations they can even be dangerous. Therefore, you should take some time and configure the conditions as strictly as possible.

Auto Keys conditions

Enabled

General toggle to enable or disable an auto key entry.
You can also enable or disable it in the status bar of the main window by left-clicking or right-clicking the A-icon.

Auto Keys icon right-click
Besides of that, auto keys are only pressed, if the active play mode is set to speakers and microphone or microphone only, because there is no need to automatically press Push-to-Talk keys when the sound is played on speakers only.

Press only if sound is played by hotkey

By default, auto keys are only pressed when you play sounds by hotkey. You can uncheck this option for each auto key separately, if you want the auto key to be pressed when you e.g. play a sound by double-click or from the toolbar.

How to press

You can choose between press and hold and press before and after.

Press and hold

When you play a sound, the specified key is pressed and kept pressed. As soon as the sound has been fully played or you stop the playback, the key is released.

Soundpad will not press the key again if you press and release it on your keyboard while playback.

Press before and after

When you play a sound, the specified key is pressed and released before the sound starts to play. As soon as the sound has been fully played or you stop the playback, the key is pressed and released again. To make it more human-like and reliable, there is a short delay between press and release.

When to press

Always

When you play a sound and the above conditions are met, then the key is always pressed.

Foreground application is fullscreen

When you play a sound, the key is only pressed if the foreground application is running in fullscreen mode. This also applies for games, that are displayed in a fullscreen borderless window.

Certain application is running

When you choose this option, you will see a list, where you can add applications. The key will only be pressed if at least one of these applications is running.

Auto Keys - Certain application is running
The check if an application is running, is bound to Windows' security restrictions. When Soundpad is run without administrative privileges, it won't be able to see applications, that are run by administrators.

Certain application is in foreground

When you choose this option, you will see a list, where you can add applications. The key will only be pressed if one of these applications is the active foreground application at the moment, you play a sound.

3.7.2 Examples

Here are some examples to show, how auto keys can be used in real scenarios.

Scenario 1: Press the Push-to-Talk key of my game, when I am in-game

In the game itself, you need to set a simple key as the Push-to-Talk key, e.g. K or Mouse4.
Then configure the auto key like it is shown below:
Auto Keys Scenario 1 - Conditions

After applying the preferences, you'll see that entry in the status bar of the main window by left-clicking or right-clicking the A-icon.
Auto Keys Scenario 1 - Status bar icon right-click

Scenario 2: Mute me in Teamspeak, Discord, Mumble or similar

In the voice application itself, you need to set a key, with which you can mute or unmute yourself, e.g. B or Mouse5.
Then configure the auto key like it is shown below:
Auto Keys Scenario 2 - Conditions

After applying the preferences, you'll see that entry in the status bar of the main window by left-clicking or right-clicking the A-icon.
Auto Keys Scenario 2 - Status bar icon right-click

Scenario 3: Mute me in Teamspeak, Discord, Mumble and press the Push-to-Talk key in-game

This is a combination of the first two scenarios. Add an auto key entry like shown in Scenario 1 and another entry like shown in Scenario 2.

After applying the preferences, you'll see both entries in the status bar of the main window by left-clicking or right-clicking the A-icon.
Auto Keys Scenario 3 - Status bar icon right-click

3.7.3 Toggling Auto Keys

There are three ways to disable or enable all auto keys:

  • Double-click the A-icon in the status bar of the main window.
  • Right-click or left-click the A-icon in the status bar and check the top most entry of the popup menu.
  • Define one of the special hotkeys to disable, enable or toggle auto keys.