Easily Create Windows Shortcut Keys with HotKeyBind

May 23, 2008 – 12:50 pm

If you want to work quickly with the Windows operating system, I suggest that you start learning to use Windows shortcut keys or hotkeys in short. For example, imagine the time wasted to minimize 20 open windows with a mouse. To speed up this task, you can minimize all of them with the Winkey+M combo and maximize them back with Winkey+Shift+M. But what if you want to add more hotkeys to Windows programs or change the default Windows shortcut keys?

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HotKeyBind is the right application to accomplish this job. It allows you to do two things:

  • Assign new shortcut keys to do common Windows tasks such as opening a web page, search for keywords using a pre-selected search engine, copying texts to clipboard, launching applications, opening files and folders, shutting down computers etc.

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  • Disable default Windows shortcut keys so you can use them for other needs. For example; if you hate the Winkey+F hotkey combo that uses the default Windows local search, try pointing it to your favorite local search application like Locate32.

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How HotKeyBind works is pretty simple. Just press the “Add” button to add a new hotkey, select an action to be associated with a hotkey (e.g. opening the TechMalaya website) and select the shortcut key combination to use. If you attempt to use a hotkey that have been used by another application, HotKeyBind will cleverly prompt a warning message. All your hotkeys and their related actions will be displayed in the main interface as a list.

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Additionally, HotKeyBind will display an on screen display (OSD) to show the action triggered by a hotkey that you have pressed, which is a good way to make sure that you are pressing the right key for the right application. This Windows shortcut key program is free to use and distribute so don’t miss to install this one!

Download HotKeyBind here. If you want to utilize your idle function keys (F7, F8, …), try KeyDemon too.

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  1. 9 Responses to “Easily Create Windows Shortcut Keys with HotKeyBind”

  2. Is there any difference between Winkey+M (minimize all) and Winkey+D (show desktop)?

    By Kib on May 24, 2008

  3. @Kib: Looks and feels the same to me. :D

    By Syahid A. on May 24, 2008

  4. Assign shortcut keys do save a lot of time especially to tech savvy.

    By Steve Yu on May 24, 2008

  5. @Steve: True. If everybody knows how easy it is.

    By Syahid A. on May 25, 2008

  6. really superb!!!!!!!!!1
    I want to publish in my website

    By kabilan on Aug 29, 2008

  7. @Syahid A. and Kib,

    There is a difference. If you have sidebars, Winkey+D will hide them, Winkey+M wont

    By Martijn on Jan 6, 2009

  8. hi, i was just wondering, I am also using hotkeybind and I have a question that maybe you knew and hopefully u could share it with me…

    So, here it is…

    When I click the HotKeyBind preferences; a small window opens and I was wondering if there is another way to make this window bigger by not just clicking the sides and stretch it to make it bigger.

    Any idea? Thank you.. :)

    By meiyah on Jan 29, 2010

  9. You guys can also try http://www.winkeyplus.com.
    It can diable keys and map commands and text to custom shortcut keys.

    By Cur8or on Jun 23, 2010

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