All we know the basic windows keyboard shortcuts such as Ctrl + c is for copy, Ctrl + V is for paste. But did you know you can customize own keyboard shortcuts? Also, You can start programs, load web pages or do other tasks using keyboard shortcuts? Yes you can create your own custom keyboard shortcuts for apps, websites and more. Here is how to create and change windows keyboard shortcuts applicable on Windows 10, 8.1 and 7.
Custom keyboard shortcuts in Windows
First, create a shortcut to an application, either by dragging anything from the Start menu the desktop or by right-clicking on an executable and choosing to Create shortcut.
- Now right-click on the Shortcut icon and select properties,
- Move to Shortcut tab then Click in the Shortcut key box
- Here under the shortcut key box enter your chosen keystroke combination,
- For example, Ctrl+Alt+G
- Here Note: your custom combination has to start with Ctrl+Alt, after which you can add a letter, number, or function key.
- click apply and ok
That’s all now close everything, try the keystroke combination check the targeted application opens or not.
How to keystroke If application shortcut is not available?
- Press Windows + R, type explorer shell:AppsFolder and ok
- This will display all available application lists, simply right-click and select Create Shortcut.
- Now right click on the shortcut icon and select properties,
- Select the shortcut key box under the shortcut tab
- Type your keystroke combination example ctrl+Alt + r
- Click apply and ok to save changes.
Keyboard Shortcut for a Website
If you are looking to Access a website with the help of the combination follow the steps below,
- Open the webpage you looking for access with the keyboard shortcut.
- For example https://zilowtech.com
- A tiny symbol is placed at the left corner of the address bar just before the URL is recognized as a favicon.
- Simply keep hold on the favicon and drop it on the desktop.
- Now right click on the shortcut and select Properties.
- Select the shortcut key box under the Web Document tab
- Type the keystroke combination example ctrl+alt+z
- Click apply and ok,
- Let’s try the keystroke combination check the webpage is opened.
Remap Keyboard in Windows 10
Windows does allow you to remap the keys on your keyboard with a few registry tweaks, SharpKeys (free) is an open-source tool that does the complex-looking task for you.
First, download and install sharp keys on your PC and follow the steps given below to find out how to remap a key to any other:
- On the main screen of SharpKeys, click on “Add.”
- This will open a key mapping window.
- Here, from the left pane, select the key that you want should perform some other action. And from the right pane, select the key whose function you want it to perform.
- You can also click on “Type Key” available at the bottom of both the panes and then tap your desired key to make that selection.
- Once you’ve made your selection, click on “OK” to continue.