Create Keyboard Shortcuts to Applications in Windows

By Akemi Iwaya on May 25th, 2010

Do you need just one or a few special keyboard shortcuts for your favorite program(s)? A quick modification to program shortcuts will get you up and running without installing additional software.

Creating New Keyboard Shortcuts

Go to the start menu shortcut for the program, right-click on it, and select properties.

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When the properties window opens click in the shortcut key text area. All that you need to do is choose an appropriate letter for the program (i.e. O for Opera, E for Editra, etc.) and type it in the blank.

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You will not need to type any other keys or combination in…the “Ctrl + Alt +” will be automatically entered for you as soon as you type the letter in. Click OK to finish creating the new keyboard shortcut.

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Those new keyboard shortcuts will speed up access to your favorite software.

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Another example from our system using “I” for Iron Browser.

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Certainly much quicker than using the start menu.

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Conclusion

If you only need one or just a few special keyboard shortcuts then this method provides a quick and simple solution.

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 05/25/10
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