Get started. You can assign a key sequence only to a Windows shortcut, not to any other type of file. If you don't have a shortcut to the item you want to open, create one by using the right mouse button to drag and drop its icon at a convenient location (more on that later), and choose Create Shortcut(s) Here. The shortcut must be located either on the desktop or in a folder within the Start Menu folder (found in your Windows folder). Right-click the shortcut and choose Properties (or select the short-cut and press
Unfortunately, you can't use the Windows key (assuming your keyboard has one); Windows substitutes
Make shortcuts even shorter. If pressing a bunch of keys at once isn't your idea of speed, here are two alternatives. First, if your shortcut key sequence uses a function key (one of the numbered
Keep it together. Your shortcut key may seem easy to remember and intuitive to you right now, but you might get confused later as you add more shortcut keys or install applications that use those key sequences. Remembering the key sequence for the shortcut you want can be difficult if you have a lot of shortcuts, if you maintain duplicate shortcuts in multiple folders, or if you use shortcut keys to launch obscure batch files.
To avoid such confusion, you must be organised: Keep all shortcuts that have a shortcut key assigned to them in a single folder. For example, right-click the Start button and choose Explore. Select the Programs icon in the tree pane on the left to open that folder. Right-click in an empty area in the right pane and choose New-Folder. Name it something like Keyboard Shortcuts and press
Make it obvious. For easier remembering of shortcut keys you assign and the shortcuts you allocate them to, make the key sequence part of the shortcut name. For example, if you assign
Undo it. If you decide to remove a shortcut key sequence from a shortcut, open its Properties sheet to the Shortcut tab as before, click the Shortcut key box, and press