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How To Activate Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows 10


The truth is that majority of PC users opt for shortcuts, rather than following the long process in opening a certain program. Windows 10 has come forth with features that can allow you to create shortcuts for your programs. This is definitely one of the very outstanding things you will love about Windows 10. It is just a matter of minutes to create shortcuts to all programs that you use often.

The main reason to the introduction of shortcut creation feature for Windows 10 is to facilitate fast operation. You can be assured of making fast commands on your computer with the help of program shortcuts.

windows-10-keyboard-shortcuts-useHere are fast and easy steps on how you can create and open keyboard program shortcuts in your Windows 10 OS.

#Step 1

The first thing you should do is opening your start menu. This is where you will find all Apps. Actually, you are supposed to click on the command labeled ‘All Apps’.

#Step 2

The second step is to trace the program that you would want to create a shortcut for. Upon tracing the stipulated program, right-click using your mouse. This should bring forth a drop-down menu. One of the options presented on the drop-down menu is ‘open file location’. Depending on the program you have chosen ‘open file location’ may or may not appear. If the program is a native of Windows 10, then the option will not appear. You are supposed to click on the option for non-native windows 10 program.

#Step 3

In case the program in question is a Windows 10 Native, you can simply click on it and drag to the start menu or the desktop in order to create a shortcut. Upon dropping it on the desktop, you should then right-click on it and select ‘properties’. Click on the ‘shortcut’ option and fill in the requested details including the keyboard keys you would ant to use in opening the program.


It should be noted that a certain format has to be followed when creating a keyboard shortcut. In this case, you have to use the ‘Ctrl+Alt+{key}’. Any other shortcut format may not work. The filling process of the Non-Native Windows 10 programs should be done the same way as the native ones, only that the location will not be the desktop.

#Step 5

The final step is to test your keyboard shortcuts. If you created several shortcuts at the same time, you must ensure that they are remembered at all times. This will save you the hassle of recreating new shortcuts each day. It is advised that you consider creating shortcuts using the first letters of the program’s name. Better still, you can consider using numbers that you will easily remember.

To deactivate shortcuts, you can simply go through the same process and deactivate the shortcut. You can create as many shortcuts as you can since you are not limited to a certain number. After all, you have so many keys on your keyboard that you can use.

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