I am a keyboard guy. I realize the mouse has its place, but the more I can keep my hands on the keyboard by using shortcuts, the faster I can get things done.
I recently discovered (unfortunately, it has been around a while) a way to create custom keyboard shortcuts that will launch Windows application shortcuts without using a mouse. Allow me to explain.
You probably already realize that Windows allows you to create shortcuts to applications, folders, and documents. These shortcuts are on your Windows desktop or perhaps in your Windows taskbar. Using the mouse to click on the shortcuts will launch the associated program or open the folder or document.
What I did not realize was that you could create a keyboard shortcut to open the shortcut link without needing to use the mouse. This only works for program shortcuts. Here are the steps you need to follow:
- Create a shortcut to an application either by dragging the icon from the Start menu to your desktop or by right-clicking on an executable program file and choosing “Create Shortcut.”
- Right-click on the shortcut link and choose Properties. Click in the Shortcut key box, enter your selected keystroke combination, and click OK to confirm. Note that your custom combination has to start with Ctrl+Alt, after which you can add a letter, number, or function key.
- Use the key combination anytime you want to launch the program.
And that is it. A simple little keyboard shortcut trick to save you a little bit of time every day starting the programs you use most often.
What other Windows tricks have you found to be helpful?