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How to Assign Shortcut Keys on a PC

Tired of opening folder after embedded folder after embedded folder just to get to a file? Save time by assigning shortcut keys.


  • Step 1: Locate the file Locate the file, application, or folder that you would like to gain faster access to.
  • Step 2: Right-click on it Right-click on the file, and then highlight and click Create Shortcut in the menu box that appears.
  • Step 3: Right-click on the shortcut Right-click on the newly created shortcut, and then highlight and click Properties at the bottom of the menu box that appears.
  • TIP: The Tab, space bar, and Enter keys are not available for shortcut key assignment.
  • Step 4: Choose the Shortcut tab Choose the Shortcut tab if the dialogue box does not automatically open to it.
  • Step 5: Find the Shortcut Key box Place your cursor in the box for Shortcut Key. It should read None when it first opens.
  • Step 6: Choose a shortcut Type the key that you wish to assign as your shortcut key. For example, if you type "x," your shortcut to open the file will be Ctrl-Alt-X.
  • TIP: By choosing any of the F1 through F12 keys, your shortcut will consist of just that button, and not require Ctrl and Alt to activate it.
  • Step 7: Keep a list Keep a list of the shortcuts handy so that you don't waste the time you've now saved on trying to remember them.
  • FACT: Did you know? QWERTY refers to the organization of letters on the common English keyboard, which has been in use since 1874.

You Will Need

  • PC
  • Desire to save time
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