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Well, I'm wondering is there's any way to link a single key on my keyboard to a file. I wish to execute the file upon pressing the key. I tried using the built in shortcut hotkey system and it didn't work out for me. It really needs to be one single key.

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Autohotkey may do the job - I used it to trigger an action upon "double-pressing" the "alt" key (ahk script below). I'm pretty sure you can trigger an action by pressing a key only once also, but might be difficult to find an otherwise unused key for that.

KeyWait, Alt
KeyWait, Alt, D, T0.12
If ErrorLevel = 1
    Run, c:\example.exe -aparameter
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What is possible is enable sticky keys and thus eliminating the need of pressing multiple buttons at once.

Hope that helps.

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It's an interesting idea for sure, however the application won't run using Microsoft's built in shortcut thingy, at least not for the key I wish to use. –  Mister X Mar 8 '10 at 14:28

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