How to open any Windows application using keyboard shortcuts?

Short bytes: If you use certain Windows applications more frequently than others, you can create custom keyboard shortcuts for those applications in Microsoft Windows. It can save you precious time when you regularly use various Windows applications and software. The custom Windows keyboard shortcut for an application can be enabled by visiting the properties of the application shortcut file.

KKeyboard shortcuts in Microsoft Windows, in fact, on every operating system, have made our lives easier. If it weren’t for these helpful key combinations, then we would have had to walk longer paths to complete various tasks.

Microsoft also provides its users with the functionality to define custom Windows keyboard shortcuts that can be used to open individual applications and software in Windows. This relieves us of the hard work required to open the Start menu, find the app, and then open it.

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Even if you’ve saved your favorite apps to the desktop, using keyboard shortcuts is much easier and faster because you don’t have to visit the desktop every time to open the software you want.

How to create custom keyboard shortcuts to open software in Windows 10?

It’s pretty straightforward to set a custom keyboard shortcut to open a particular app in Windows 10 and earlier versions. You can follow the following steps to enable custom shortcuts:

  1. Right click Windows application shortcut file for which you want to create the custom shortcut.
  2. Click on Properties.
  3. On the Shortcuts tab, click the Shortcut key domain.
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  4. Type any alphabet, symbol, or numeric keypad key you want.
  5. Windows will set the custom shortcut for the application based on the key you chose. For example, you can use the letter C for Chrome. So the shortcut will become CTRL + ALT + C.
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  6. Click on Apply and click Okay.

Now you can open Google Chrome directly by pressing the keyboard shortcut. This method only works for shortcut files. So if an app doesn’t have a shortcut, you can create one. You cannot use the characters that are activated with the shift key, i.e.!, @, #, $, Etc.

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The /, *, -, + keys that are part of the numeric keypad can work without pressing CTRL + ALT. So, if you set one of these keys as a keyboard shortcut, you can launch a particular application by pressing only that key.

If you want to remove the custom Windows keyboard shortcut at a later stage, follow the above method up to step 4 and press the Backspace key in the Shortcuts field.

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Create a shortcut file for Windows Store apps

You can also create custom Windows keyboard shortcuts for modern apps in the Windows Store. Here are the steps to create a shortcut file for modern apps:

  1. Open the Windows Start menu.
  2. Go to the modern app you want to create a shortcut file for.
  3. Click and drag the app to the desktop.

Windows will automatically create a shortcut file for the Modern app. Now you can go to the properties and set a custom keyboard shortcut for the app.

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