Assigning a Shortcut Key to a Start Menu Item

by Barry Dysert
(last updated December 5, 2016)

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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 in your Start menu. The process is similar to adding a shortcut key to any other item. Follow these steps:

  1. Click on Start to display the Start menu.
  2. Right-click on the option for which you want to create a shortcut. Windows displays a Context menu.
  3. Choose Properties from the Context menu. Windows displays a Properties dialog box for that menu item.
  4. Make sure the Shortcut tab is displayed. (See Figure 1.)
  5. Figure 1. Assigning a shortcut key to a Start menu item.

  6. Click once within the Shortcut Key box.
  7. Press the letter or number you want to use for your shortcut key. Windows automatically adds "Ctrl+Alt+" to the beginning of the character you press. Thus, you would press D if you wanted your shortcut key to be Ctrl+Alt+D.
  8. Click OK.

The shortcut key should be immediately available. All you need to do is press whatever shortcut key you created.

If you later want to remove the shortcut key, follow the same steps but press the Delete key in step 6.

 This tip (11818) applies to Windows 7.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 30 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer.  He is currently a senior software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. ...

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What is five minus 0?

2016-12-05 09:35:52

Jennifer Thomas

Thanks Rob - the default set of Start+ commands (Start +D, +P, etc.) is also nice, but this is a great way to add what they missed.

Note to others: You have to have Admin rights on the computer to do as Rob recommends.

Another helpful thing I stumbled on recently in Windows 10 is that you can right-click the start menu for a text list of options -- for those that haven't embraced the highly graphic nature of the W10 start menu, this is a nice option.


2016-12-05 08:19:59

Rob Wood

For Windows 10 Add the following instead of #2:

2A. Right-Click, More, Open File Location.

2B. Richt-Click, Properties


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