How to Create Application Keyboard Shortcuts

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Creating application keyboard shortcuts requires right-clicking on the desktop shortcut, selecting "Properties" and choosing the key combination to open up that application. Create keyboard shortcuts for all frequently used programs with IT help from a software developer in this free video on computers.

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Hi, my name's Dave Andrews. Today I'm going to show you how to create application keyboard shortcuts. Let's go to our computer, and let's say I want to quickly launch several programs from my desktop by using the keyboard. What I'm going to do is I'm going to create a shortcut on the desktop, by clicking on 'Start', 'All Programs'... and let's the find the application we want to launch. In this case I'm just going to select 'Notepad'. Let's right-click on it, and click on 'Send To...", followed by 'Desktop'. This created a shortcut to Notepad on our desktop. Now to tie an application keyboard shortcut to this, just right-click on your shortcut, and then go to 'Properties'. Here you can see we have the option to set a shortcut key. Just click inside of there, and I'm going to hold down 'Ctrl', 'Alt', and 'N'. Actually, let's make that 'Ctrl', 'Alt', 'Shift', 'N'. As you can see, if I hold down 'Ctrl', 'Shift', and 'Alt', and press 'N', it will now launch Notepad. So just as a test, I'm going to do 'Ctrl', 'Shift', 'Alt', 'N', and there is my notepad program launching. I'm going to do this one more time, this time with Word. Let's go to the 'Start' button, 'All Programs', find Microsoft Office, and let's send a shortcut to Word to our desktop. 'Send To...", then click on 'Desktop'. Now to create your shortcut just right-click on the icon here and go to 'Properties', and for the shortcut for this one, I'm going to do 'Ctrl', 'Shift', 'Alt', 'W'. So now when I press that key combination, it'll launch Microsoft Word. My name is Dave Andrews, and I've just showed you how to create application keyboard shortcuts.


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