How to Assign a Keyboard Shortcut to Open a Program and Shortcuts in Vista and Windows 7
This will show you how to assign a keyboard shortcut (hotkey) to use to open or run a shortcut of your choice in Vista and Windows 7. This can be used on a shortcut of a file, folder, drive, library (Windows 7 only), program's .exe file, etc......
shortcuts in Vista
have their own keyboard shortcuts to use instead.
In Windows 7
, each program pinned to the taskbar can be opened by pressing the Windows key
(1-10) keyboard shortcut instead. You would use a number for how the program icons are ordered on the taskbar from left to right (for top or bottom taskbar) or top to bottom (for left or right taskbar) desktop location
1. Right click on a shortcut that you want to assign a keyboard shortcut to open or run it with, and click on Properties.
NOTE: For an example here, I'm using a Shutdown shortcut.
In the Start in:
field, make sure the full path of the folder that the program .exe
for this shortcut is located is correct here.
NOTE: For more about this, see: Microsoft Help and Support: KB283065 Article
Click on the None
area next to Shortcut Key:
. (see screenshot below)4.
Type in a key
(letter, number, arrow key, character key, or F1 to F12 key) that you want to be used as the keyboard shortcut. (see screenshot below)
For example: I typed the letter S to get Ctrl+Alt+S as the shortcut keys to press to open/run the Shut Down shortcut
Type a left key below to have what's on the right to use as the keyboard shortcut.
0-9 numbers = Ctrl + Alt + (number)
A-Z letters = Ctrl + Alt + (letter)
F1-F12 function keys = (function key)
Characters (ex: =,) = Ctrl + Alt + (character)
NOTE: You will only be able to use the bottom character on a key. You will not be able to use Shift to use the upper character on a key.
Arrow keys = Ctrl + Alt + (direction of arrow)
Click on OK
Now you press the Ctrl + Alt + (key)
or function key
to open or run the shortcut for the program or action.