The Quick Keypad category in the Parallels RAS Console allows you to define custom keys to perform common actions in published applications running on mobile devices. Custom keys appear above the standard keyboard in iOS and Android and can be tapped just like any other key on the virtual keyboard.
This feature is designed for users who run published applications on a phone or a tablet. When a particular software requires repeated selection of certain menu or toolbar items, using custom keys can significantly improve user experience. For example, let's say a user has some data entry task which requires them to press File > New and File > Save menu items over and over again. If you define two custom keys to perform these actions, the user will see them above the standard keyboard in iOS or Android, so instead of tapping the application's native menu items (which can be cumbersome), they can tap these keys, which is much easier and quicker.
To define custom keys, select the Quick Keypad category in the Parallels RAS Console. The Quick Keypads view in the right pane allows you to create a Quick Keypad template. A template is created for a specific application (or a group of applications with the identical UI design) and contains shortcuts to perform common actions in an application. Once a template is created, you assign it to a published application or a group of applications, so each application (or a group) has its own Quick Keypad.
To create a Quick Keypad template:
To modify the template, right-click it and choose Properties.
You now need to assign the template that you created to an application (or multiple applications). To do so:
When a remote user runs an application on their mobile device and opens a virtual keyboard, they will see the extra keys corresponding to shortcuts that you defined for a Quick Keypad template. Tapping a key will perform the corresponding action (e.g. Ctrl-N, which will open a new document).
Exporting and importing a Quick Keypad template
To easily move a Quick Keypad template from one Parallels RAS Farm to another, use the Import and Export functionality. To export a template, right-click a template and choose Export. Specify the file name and location and click Save. To import a template, right-click on an empty space in the Quick Keypads list and choose Import. You can also perform these actions using the Tasks drop-down menu.