Creating Custom Keyboard Shortcuts

Satheesh C B | Wednesday, June 18, 2008 | 0 comments

Most people don’t realize that Windows XP, right out of the box, lets you set up hot keys — key combinations you pick that will launch programs, open documents, create new documents based on templates, run out to specific Internet sites.

Let’s say you have a Word document called,  mail .doc, which you open and edit a zillion times a day. Here’s how to tell Windows to launch Word and open mail.doc every time you press the key combination Ctrl+Alt+S (that is, hold down the Ctrl and Alt keys simultaneously and then press S

1. Navigate to the file you want to open with a magic key combination. In this case, you might choose Start➪My Documents, dig down a folder or two, and find mail.doc.

2. Right-click the document and choose Send To➪Desktop (Create Shortcut). A new shortcut appears on your desktop.

3. Right-click the new shortcut and choose Properties➪Shortcut. Windows Explorer brings up the Properties dialog box for that shortcut, as shown below

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4. Click inside the box marked Shortcut key and then hold down the key combination you want to use to open that document. See Table for a list of the key combinations that you can safely use. In Figure , I choose Ctrl+Alt+S.

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5. Click OK. You’re done. The next time you hold down the key combination, Word will start with the specified document loaded.

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