How to Create Your Own Keyboard Shortcuts


People use their computers every day and end up use a number of programs and apps. One way to become more efficient while using your computer is by using keyboard shortcuts. Keyboard shortcuts are just a couple of simple keys used to open a program or perform a function, such as pressing Ctrl + A to select all text in Microsoft office. This takes less time than highlighting all of the text. If you would like to learn how to create your own keyboard shortcuts, just follow the simple instructions listed below (Windows will be used for this tutorial).

1. Program location - First, look on your desktop or search for a program in the Start menu. When you locate the program, find the executable file (the file that you click on to make the program start).

2. Creating the program shortcut - Before you can create a keyboard shortcut, you will need to create a program shortcut (most of these are placed on the desktop). Right-click on the program and select Create Shortcut from the menu that appears. Select your destination so you can locate the shortcut after it has been made.

3. Creating the keyboard shortcut - Say you’ve made your shortcut for a Chrome browser on your desktop. Go to your desktop and right click on the Chrome shortcut. Click on Properties from the menu that appears. By default you will be on the Shortcut Properties tab. There is a dialog box that says Shortcut Key. Click inside this box. Ctrl + Alt will be the default keys. Add your next key (Example: press the I key). Your shortcut will now be Ctrl + Alt +I. Click Apply and then click OK. Now your shortcut key will open the Chrome browser.