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Shift+Del on my Windows computer is interpreted as cut to the clipboard. How can I make it no different than just Delete alone?

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Odd, shift-del on normal windows computers is supposed to mean delete permanently (skip the recycle bin). – Joel Coehoorn Jan 20 '11 at 22:14
Not in Windows 7 (and similar versions). See… – Adam Jan 20 '11 at 22:16
In Windows 7 Shift+Del is supposed to be permanent delete. I use it everyday to skip the recycle bin. – Benjamin Anderson Jan 20 '11 at 22:21
Maybe just in Windows Server then? It is listed in other places (… ) as meaning cut and that's definitely what it's doing here – Adam Jan 20 '11 at 22:25
I suspect the OP is talking about in a text or word processor, not Windows Explorer/Desktop. – martineau Jan 20 '11 at 22:26
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This AutoHotkey script works for me:

+Del::Send {Delete}

If it doesn't, try this:

KeyWait Shift
Send {Delete}

According to AutoHotkey Tips and Remarks, you might need to use KeyWait so that the Shift doesn't get applied to the right hand side as well.

I suggest installing it like this:

  • Download and install AutoHotkey, allowing it to associate with .ahk files
  • Open Notepad and paste the script in
  • Save it anywhere and call it shortcuts.ahk
  • Open the folder where you saved it in Windows Explorer
  • Double click on shortcuts.ahk to open it and activate it immediately
  • Right click and drag shortcuts.ahk to Start->(All) Programs->Startup, then release the right button
  • Click on Create Shortcut
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Regardless of what context you're referring to, and although I haven't done this exact thing, I'm fairly confident the free AutoHotKey utility could do it.

At a minimum, the AHK script would just need to be a single line containing this:

+Delete::Send {Delete}

This would be in effect globally (i.e. on the Desktop, in Explorer windows, and in all applications). If necessary, it could be made context-sensitive so that it only applied to specific situations (RTFM).

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I tried, but I don't really know AutoHotKey, what's the code for Shift + Del? I tried +{Delete} but it didn't work – Adam Jan 20 '11 at 22:26
+{Delete} or +{Del} represents shift+delete. You could create an AHK script for that combination which just maps it to Send {Delete}. – martineau Jan 20 '11 at 22:34
+{Del}::Send {Delete} gave me an error Invalid hotkey – Adam Jan 20 '11 at 22:35
Try +Del::Send {Delete} without the {} around the first Del. – Mikel Jan 20 '11 at 22:40
I've updated my answer with the syntactically correct AHK code -- thanks @Mikel. – martineau Jan 20 '11 at 23:12

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