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HOW TO  USE YOUR PC GAMEPAD INSTEAD OF KEYBOARD

 

Xpadder is a small and simple Windows application that lets you make the most of your gamepad – and it is free! Xpadder has several features. The most basic is that it lets you map keys to your gamepad buttons. I decided to make a tutorial here to connect with the emulator guides. Some obvious uses of Xpadder in this context:
 

 

 

Some emulators that don’t support gamepads natively
Some emulators that don’t let you redefine the gamepad commands freely (use keys, and remap them any way you want)
Use it to map function keys from emulators to extra buttons (e.g. you can map load and save state to shoulder buttons in Genesis games for “quick load” and “quick save”)
Xpadder also lets you map mouse commands to your pad or map sequences of keys to a single button press. I leave it to you to devise your own uses for these. Personally I’ve been happy to use solely the basic feature; I have used it a lot with freeware windows games that typically don’t support pads natively, and with WinUAE, the Amiga emulator – many Amiga games use keys as the standard joysticks only had one button, and it’s very inconvenient to access these keys when using gamepads (Amiga joysticks were often 1-handed, while pads are 2-handed).

STEPS TO DOWNLOAD XPADDER

STEP 1: DOWNLOAD XPADDER

Go to the official site in the download section, or click here [if we host it] to get it instantly.

 

TEP 2: EXTRACT XPADDER

it's very simple. Just unzip it where you want to keep the program. It is a single, small file, no installation required. I advise you to make a folder for it though, so you can easily keep your saved profiles.


STEP 3: SETUP YOUR GAMEPAD(S) – THE LAYOUT

Run Xpadder by double-clicking on it.

 

STEP 4: SETUP YOUR PROFILE(S)

With a layout open (See Step 3), assign keys to your pad’s buttons by clicking the corresponding “button” in the profile (e.g. the “up” of the d-pad); an on-screen keyboard pops up:
The right-most part of the on-screen “keyboard” serves to assign mouse movements to your gamepad – in exactly the same way.

 

STEP 5: SAVE THE ASSIGNMENTS FOR EASE OF USE

Done with all the assignments for a particular profile? Save the profile so you don’t have to do it next time:

To access them again you can go to “Open” in the menu shown above. You can also quickly and easily swap between profiles you have prepared by clicking the profile line: