by Barry Dysert
(last updated June 20, 2016)
In an effort to keep your hands on the keyboard as much as possible, you may find it convenient to assign shortcut keys to items on your desktop. The process is similar to assigning a shortcut key to any other item. Follow these steps:
Figure 1. Assigning a shortcut key to a desktop item.
Now when I want to invoke my program, I can either double-click on the desktop shortcut's icon or I can just press Ctrl+Alt+P and up it comes. If I want to remove the shortcut key, I repeat the above steps, but in step 6 I press the Delete key.
This tip (11721) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.
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