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Assigning Keyboard Shortcuts

You can easily assign your own keyboard shortcuts for many Windows based programs.

  1. Right click on the program's desktop shortcut icon and select "Properties". Alternatively, right-click the name of the program in the start menu and s select "Properties".

  2. In the Shortcut Key box, enter the key of your choice, for example: "Z".

  3. Windows will automatically add the extra key sequence needed, for example: "Ctrl + Alt".

  4. Now you can run the program directly from the keyboard by keying "Ctrl + Alt + Z".




Using keyboard shortcuts means there is no need to minimize open windows in order to run a program. Once they become a normal aspect of the way you use your computer, keyboard shortcuts can significantly increase your efficiency.

Note: If you use one of the F keys instead of a letter, you can achieve one key shortcuts! However, be aware that this may conflict with an existing function for that key. For instance, you could use the F1 key, but this will mean that F1 will no longer open Windows Help. (You could still open "Help" via the Start Menu).

Tip by Brett M. Christensen