Create Keyboard Shortcuts for Apps

Keyboard shortcuts in an operating system allow you to launch applications by pressing key combinations on the keyboard. When you create a keyboard shortcut for an app, you no longer need to locate and double-click the app’s icon to launch the program, and the task can be completed by pressing the assigned keys only.

Creating keyboard shortcuts in Windows 8 is easy. Here is how:

    ■Log on to your Windows 8 PC with an administrative account.
    ■From the Start screen, click the Desktop tile.

    ■On the desktop screen, locate and right-click the desired application for which you wish to create a keyboard shortcut.
    ■From the context menu, click Create shortcut.

    ■Once the shortcut is created on desktop, close the all opened windows.
    ■Locate and right-click the shortcut that you have created in the step 3. (Skype in this demonstration.)
    ■From the context menu, click Properties.

    ■Once the Skype Properties box appears, go to the Shortcut tab.
    ■Locate and click the Shortcut Key field.
    ■Press the Ctrl + Alt key combination followed by the key that you want to use as a shortcut key.
    ■Once done, click Apply and then OK to save and apply the changes and start using the keyboard shortcut to launch the application with ease.


 
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