Create a keyboard shortcut

by on April 17, 2010

Q: How do I create a keyboard shortcut for accessing “My Downloads” folder in Windows XP?

A: There is a nice feature built into Windows XP that allows you to make a keyboard shortcut that will open any folder, run any program, or open any file. The process requires that you make a shortcut, in your desktop, to the folder, program, or file that you want to create a keyboard shortcut for.

To create a shortcut on your desktop all you have to do is browse to the folder, program, or file and right click on it. When you right click on it a menu will appear and you will want to select Send To -> Desktop (create shortcut). If you go to your desktop you should now see a shortcut to the folder, program, or file you are interested in.

The next step is to right click on the shortcut you just created and go to Properties. You will have a new popup window showing and you will want to select the Shortcut tab. You will then see, about half way down, a place to enter a Shortcut key. Windows will automatically add in Ctrl + Alt for you so you just have to tell it what letter you want to use to open this folder, program, or file and press OK.

The next step is to test it out by pressing Ctrl + Alt + the letter you selected and your folder, program, or file should open up for you.

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