Learn how to create shortcuts in Windows 10-8-7

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What is the Windows shortcut key?

In general, a keyboard shortcut is a set of one or more keys that invoke a command in an application or operating system.

They are usually an alternative means of invoking commands that would otherwise be accessible only through a menu, mouse, or aspect of the user interface. These shortcuts can speed up joint operations by reducing input sequences to a few keystrokes.

These shortcuts can provide an easier and faster way to use computer programs. These commands are usually accessed using Alt , Ctrl ,   and Shift with a single letter. Now we want to talk about creating shortcuts in Windows .


Application shortcuts in Windows


Ctrl shortcut key Application and performance
Ctrl + A Selects all items in the current document.
Ctrl + B Bold the text.
Ctrl + C Copies the item or text.
Ctrl + D Shows the pen dialog box.
Ctrl + E Changes a paragraph between the middle and left lines.
Ctrl + F Shows the search box to search for the current document.
Ctrl + G Shows the Go To dialog box to search for a specific location in the current document.
Ctrl + H Replace the dialog box.
Ctrl + I Italicize the text.
Ctrl + J  Change a paragraph between parallel and left alignment.
Ctrl + K  Make a link.
Ctrl + L  Align the left of a paragraph.
Ctrl + M Insert a paragraph from the left.
Ctrl + N  Create a new document.
Ctrl + O Opens a new document.
Ctrl + P Prints a document.
Ctrl + R Change the alignment of a paragraph between left and right.
Ctrl + S Saves a document.
Ctrl + U Emphasizes the text.
Ctrl + V Paste the copied item or text.
Ctrl + X Cuts the selected item or text.
Ctrl + Y Perform the last operation again.
Ctrl + Z Undo and revert the last action.
Ctrl + Enter Insert a page.
Ctrl + F2  Select the preview print command.
Ctrl + F4 Closes the active window.


Other shortcuts Application and performance
WIN + R Opens the Run menu.
WIN + E Opens the browser.
WIN + F Opens the search to search between files and folders.
WIN + D Hide / Show Desktop
WIN + M Minimizes all windows.
Alt + Tab Switches between open applications.
Alt + F4 Quit the active program or close the current window.
Ctrl + Esc Opens the Start menu.
Esc Stop downloading a page


How to make a shortcut key in Windows

As we said, Windows shortcuts are a powerful and highly customizable tool that lets you access commonly used shortcuts using a keyboard shortcut.

Build shortcuts in Windows for a program or file

1. Open a folder or directory containing your desired program or file as a shortcut.

2. Right-click on the program / file and click   Create Shortcut .

Build a shortcut key in Windows

3. When done, create a shortcut called “<Program / File> Shortcut to ” or “<Program / File> – Shortcut ” in the list. If you want to rename this shortcut, right-click on the file and select Rename .

Build a shortcut key in Windows

After completing the above steps, you can copy or cut this shortcut and paste it anywhere.


Create shortcuts in Windows

After creating the shortcut, if you want to assign a shortcut key to it and follow the modification of the shortcut key making operation in Windows , do the following:

1. Right-click on the shortcut and select Properties .

2. Click on the Shortcut tab.

Create shortcuts in Windows

3. Click on the shortcut key box and type a letter. For example, if you press the P key , the shortcut key to run this shortcut will be Ctrl + Alt + P , which means that pressing the said keys will run the shortcut at the same time.

Create shortcuts using   Microsoft’s wizard

This method allows users to create shortcuts on a Windows desktop or a folder. Right-click on an empty space on the Windows desktop, a folder or a list. Move your mouse cursor over New in the drop-down menu that appears.

Then select Shortcut .

Create shortcuts in Windows

In the shortcut window, click the Browse button in Windows. Find the program you want to create the shortcut to, and then click OK  .

Create shortcuts in Windows

In the next step, click Next and type the name for the shortcut and then click Finish .


How to create a shortcut key that performs a function

 The above steps are great for those who want to create a shortcut key to open a regular application. However, what if you want to create a shortcut key that performs a specific function in an application? Some more advanced applications allow you to assign keyboard shortcuts in the application. For example, in Adobe Dreamweaver you can click edit and then keyboard shortcuts to specify which keys you want to use for the shortcut.

Unfortunately, most applications do not offer this level of personalization. If you use Microsoft Windows , you can install AutoHotkey to create scripts that are assigned to each shortcut key and can be programmed to work in almost any program.

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