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Is there a way of binding a shortcut to a command under Windows 7? My problem is that to type: È I have to press Alt+212" that is stupid and counterintuitive.

I'd like to bind it to something more meaningful like Alt + 212 with the accented è (Italian keyboard).

Is there a way of getting this? Maybe modifying the right registers...

Thanks for your help

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Having an Italian keyboard doesn't help us to know what the layout is; a quick Google of Italian keyboard shows countless different layouts. What is the model of your keyboard? – Dave Dec 24 '12 at 11:38
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In Windows, the alt key is the shortcut.

You could use a program like AutoHotKeys which will do it for you.

Some people have success whilst holding down Alt Gr key (to right of space bar).

You could also choose the appropriate 'unicode' for the regional language you want to use (Control Panel then Language Settings).

However, you're only going to save stroke or 2 at best. Even your question about pressing something like Alt+Ctrl+Shift + "Key" is actually the same amount of keystrokes as Alt + 212

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First thanks for the powerful instrument you have showed me. As for the "saved strokes" I'm aware of it but I really cannot tolerate Alt+212 to type something that should be typed with an appropriate key combination like the one I said :-) – Luigi Tiburzi Dec 24 '12 at 11:45
Yes, I appreciate it does make sense although what you're really after is a 'function' key (hence my question in your OP about knowing the model) – Dave Dec 24 '12 at 11:46
Excuse my terrible ignorance but under Control Panel --> keyboard --> properties --> details I was looking for the model of it but I found only voices like: Bus Legacy, Class Name, ID hardware, GUID bus type... The only "meaningful" for my purpose entry seems to be Productor: standard keyboard. And this doesn't help at all... Where is the model? Thanks – Luigi Tiburzi Dec 24 '12 at 11:59
Try device manager, or see if there is a sticker under your keyboard (pick up your keyboard and look underneath). – Dave Dec 24 '12 at 12:00
Snap... Model No: SK-8825 (L) lenovo standard keyboard :-) – Luigi Tiburzi Dec 24 '12 at 12:15

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