I am a graphic designer with a 2-in-1 laptop/tablet (specifically the Acer R7). I would like to use my digitizer pen in my Adobe programs while in tablet mode... however, I use shortcut keys quite often in my natural workflow and find it very distracting and time consuming to have to undo, paste, delete, select alternate tools, etc.. from only the menus and tool panel.
So I would love a small, one line keyboard that would hold various shortcuts down... for example ctrl-shft-alt. or one that would just have the quick keys I need like delete or the square brackets.
An on-screen keyboard (configurable hopefully) that could align to the left side of the screen instead of the bottom would work too!
I have searched far and wide and not found either a custom keyboard layout (perhaps added through a special language in windows system settings?) or a windows 8 program with buttons that simply press defined keys (holding keys would be great as well)
Can I create my own in a WYSYWIG design environment? Do you know of one pre-existing?
 I found a temporary solution (see answer below) but still looking for a better/best solution.