Keyboard shortcuts have long been a quick, easy way to perform common computer tasks. And, the standard shortcuts included in operating systems and applications are sufficient for most users. But what do you do if the built-in shortcuts don't do exactly what you want? In this TR Dojo video, I show you how to create custom keyboard shortcuts with the free AutoHotkey utility.
For those of you who prefer text to video, you can click the Transcript link that appears below the video player window or you can also read Greg Shultz's article, "Customize the [Windows]+E key shortcut to open what you want," on which the first command line tip is based.
Keyboard shortcuts galore
Also, be sure to check out TechRepublic's downloadable lists of keyboard shortcuts. We've compiled lists on everything from Windows and Mac OS Ten to Microsoft Office and Mozilla Firefox. I've divided these downloadable shortcuts list into four categories:
- 76 keyboard shortcuts for moving faster in Windows Vista
- 50+ keyboard shortcuts for moving faster in Windows XP
- 70+ Keyboard shortcuts to move faster in Apple Mac OS X
- 10 keyboard shortcuts to improve your Linux experience
- Microsoft Word 2003 keyboard shortcuts
- 85 keyboard shortcuts for moving faster in Microsoft Excel
- 70+ Keyboard shortcuts to move faster in Microsoft Access
- 50+ Keyboard shortcuts to move faster in Microsoft PowerPoint
- 60 keyboard shortcuts to move faster in Microsoft Internet Explorer 7
- 70+ Keyboard shortcuts to move faster in Mozilla Firefox
- 80+ Keyboard shortcuts to move faster in Microsoft Outlook
- 50+ Keyboard shortcuts to move faster in Microsoft Outlook Express
- 35+ keyboard shortcuts that save you time in Mozilla Thunderbird
- 37 keyboard shortcuts for moving faster in the Visual Basic Editor
- 100+ Keyboard shortcuts to move faster in TextPad
- 90+ Keyboard shortcuts to move faster in Adobe Acrobat Professional 7.0 for Windows
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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the social research and energy industries. He has bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Louisville, where he has also lectured on computer crime and crime prevention.