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How can I create my own personal shortcut keys for different programs & tasks?


This question was answered on February 27, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Using shortcut keys to open programs can often be simpler than opening programs using a pointing device, especially when working on portable computers

To specify shortcut keys for specific programs

Before beginning this procedure, please refer to the documentation that came with the program to verify a shortcut was installed.

1 Open My Computer

2 Locate the program file (.exe) or the program's shortcut shortcut and then click Properties

3 Click the Program tab for an MS-DOS program or the Shortcut tab for a Windows program

4 With the cursor in the Shortcut key box, select the keyboard key you want to use in combination with CTRL ALT Shortcut keys automatically start with CTRL ALT The Shortcut key box will display None until you select the key and then the box will display Ctrl Alt the key you selected You cannot use the ESC, ENTER, TAB, SPACEBAR, PRINT SCREEN, SHIFT, or BACKSPACE keys

*Once you assign a shortcut key combination for a specific program, you will not be able to use that key combination with other programs For a list of shortcut keys used by this version of Windows, click Related Topics

*If you forget the key combination for your shortcut, you can follow steps 2 through 3 and review your shortcut keys

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Posted by Michal of Data Doctors on February 27, 2003