How to Create Custom Shortcuts for Any Program in Windows

Managing multiple applications on your computer can become cumbersome, especially when you have to navigate through a cluttered ‘Start’ menu or a crowded desktop. A more efficient solution? Keyboard shortcuts, also known as ‘hotkeys’. Imagine launching your Paint application with a simple Ctrl + P – much faster than searching for an icon, right?

This tutorial will guide you on setting up hotkeys on your Windows PC using KeyboardExt, a desktop application that consolidates all your applications in one easy-to-access window, allowing for swift setup of custom hotkeys.

Install KeyboardExt

Begin by downloading and installing KeyboardExt from the official website.

Installing KeyboardExt

Once installed, open KeyboardExt. You’ll see a comprehensive list of your installed applications. Simply click on the application you wish to launch.

Main window of KeyboardExt

Configure Hotkeys

To accelerate your workflow, let’s set up hotkeys. Navigate to the ‘Hotkeys’ section in the top right corner of the KeyboardExt window.

Hotkeys section in KeyboardExt

Here, you’ll find some applications already have preset shortcuts. Click on ‘New Hotkey’ to create your own.

Adding new hotkeys

A dialog box will appear. Follow these steps to assign a new hotkey:

Setting new hotkey
  1. Enter a descriptive name for the hotkey to remember its purpose.
  2. Select the key combination for the shortcut, such as Win + P.
  3. Specify the application’s path or use the folder explorer to locate it.
  4. Click ‘Add Hotkey’ to finalize the setup.

Manage System Hotkeys

To customize or disable system-wide shortcuts, go to the ‘Options’ tab and select ‘System Hotkeys’.

System Hotkeys

Check or uncheck the boxes to activate or deactivate system hotkeys as needed.

Wrap Up

With KeyboardExt, not only can you streamline your application launches, but you can also execute tasks like searching Wikipedia with Ctrl + W. It’s so efficient, you might just forget how your Start menu looks!