How to Create Shortcut keys in Windows 10

Windows Shortcut keys are a powerful and highly configurable tools that allow the user to access by using shortcuts with the help of a key combination on their keyboard. A shortcut key provides a more comfortable and quicker method of navigating and executing commands in computer software programs.

In the world of growing technologies, various techniques are brought up to reduce a man’s effort. Windows 10 allows its user to create shortcut keys for any program. At a certain point, it is tiring and frustrating to open or reopen a particular software frequently. Creating shortcut keys is the easiest and fastest way which requires less physical effort to set up any program.

There is mainly two way to Create Shortcut keys in Windows 10. First is by using ‘Start Menu’ and second is by using ‘Command prompt.’

First method: How to Create Shortcut keys in Windows 10 by using ‘Start Menu.’

With this method, you can directly create the Shortcut keys from the Start Menu. But this method is for creating a shortcut key for ‘desktop app’ or any application that is installed directly rather than from the Window store.

  1. Click on ‘Start’ button and open the Start menu.
  2. Click on ‘All apps.’
  3. Right click on the app you want on the desktop as a shortcut and select ‘Open file location.’
  4. Now, Right-click on the shortcut icon and open ‘Properties.’
  5. Click on the ‘Shortcut key’ box into the properties window.
  6. Enter a key combination into the ‘Shortcut key,’ box. (Combination must be in the form of ‘Ctrl + Alt + a letter or a number).

Note: Do not use the same key combination twice. Also, note that not to use any program’s shortcut keys.

  1. Click on the ‘OK’ button to save.

Second method: How to Create Shortcut key in Windows 10 by using ‘Command prompt.’

If in the first method you are not getting the option of ‘Open file location’ then you can use this method. In this method, you need to create a shortcut of the application on the desktop to create a shortcut key for that application.

  1. Open ‘Command prompt’ by typing ‘cmd’ into search box/Cortana.
  2. Type or copy paste this “explorer shell:AppsFolder” at the command prompt.
  3. Press ‘Enter’. (A new window will appear with all of your apps).
  4. Right-click on the app and Select ‘Create Shortcut.’
  5. Click ‘OK’ on the confirming window to create the shortcut on the desktop.
  6. Now, go to your desktop.
  7. Right-click on the shortcut icon of the app.
  8. Open ‘Properties.’
  9. Click on ‘Shortcut key’ box into the properties window. To enter a shortcut key combination.
  10. Enter a key combination into the ‘Shortcut key, box. (Combination must be in the form of ‘Ctrl + Alt + a letter or a number).

Note: Do not use the same key combination twice. Also, note that not to use any program’s shortcut keys.

  1. Click on the ‘OK’ button to save.

When Your Keyboard shortcut key has created successfully; this will make the opening of any applications very easy and accessible.

Bradon Wilson is a self-professed security expert; he has been making the people aware of the security threats. His passion is to write about Cyber security, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet and new media. He writes for Norton security products at norton.com/setup.

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