Set up hot keys without any added software on Windows XP or better.


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It’s very annoying and counter productive for your hands to leave the keyboard as you use your mouse to click, click, clickity click click away at something.

Join the ranks of power users to add keyboard shortcuts for every computer task you do. Yup any task!

Built into Windows is the ability to let you assign a keyboard command to any shortcut icon on your computer. Just right-click on the icon you want to assign a shortcut to, click Properties, and click in the ‘Shortcut key’ field. Then enter in the combo of keys you want to use to launch the shortcut; it has to have one standard character (A-Z 1-0) plus two or three of the control keys (CTRL, ALT , or the Windows key.)

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Also, did you know that the Windows Key + R launched the Run box and Windows Key + E opens Windows Explorer? Of course you did, that is why you are a [GAS] reader!

Consider yourself more productive! Are you feeling that productivity boost yet? Do you have other tips and tricks for our readers? We would love to hear about them in the comments!

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Karl L. Gechlik spends all of his free time helping technically challenged individuals on his blog www.askTheAdmin.com.





19 Responses to Set up hot keys without any added software on Windows XP or better.

  1. These tips are for my parents omg, post compiling notes for bsd kernel not !@#$ windows tips… and even windows… lol

  2. These tips are for my parents omg, post compiling notes for bsd kernel not !@#$ windows tips… and even windows… lol

  3. The only problem i have with keyboard shortcuts like that are there seems to be a HUGE delay before the action actually happens. Anyone know how to fix that?

  4. The only problem i have with keyboard shortcuts like that are there seems to be a HUGE delay before the action actually happens. Anyone know how to fix that?

  5. The only problem i have with keyboard shortcuts like that are there seems to be a HUGE delay before the action actually happens. Anyone know how to fix that?

  6. I want to assign copy

    ctrl+ V and paste Ctrl+ V each to a single key, as I go through the day I copy and paste text and code hundreds of times per hour, and pinkies weren't designed for such hard labor…

    Any idea how I'd be able to do that?

  7. I want to assign copy
    ctrl+ V and paste Ctrl+ V each to a single key, as I go through the day I copy and paste text and code hundreds of times per hour, and pinkies weren’t designed for such hard labor…

    Any idea how I’d be able to do that?