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Does anyone know if I could create universal short-cuts to perform certain actions? I used to have a keyboard with keys for play, pause, skip... that worked in any music player, but my new keyboard doesn't have that anymore. I could really use some global key short-cuts. If it can't be universal, specific ones for Spotify would work too. :-)

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Here you go: autohotkey.com and no I won't post this as an answser since product recomendations are not on topic. – Ramhound May 30 '13 at 19:19
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@Ramhound recommendations are ok as answers meta.superuser.com/questions/5329/… and meta.superuser.com/questions/2592/… – Brad Patton May 30 '13 at 20:01
    
@BradPatton - In the future I will simply say I don't do software recomendation. There are a few exceptions but I don't think suggesting software I have never used is a productive answer and actually the meta answer suggests I post an answer. Furthermore another DON"T is the following "What's the best XX software" or "I need something that does XX"which I feel describes this question exactly. – Ramhound May 31 '13 at 12:08
    
Thanks for the replies, everyone! I went with the AutoHotKey program and it works wonders! :-D Cheers! – Nicky May 31 '13 at 14:13

Take a look at AutoHotKey. With it you can:

Create hotkeys for keyboard, joystick, and mouse. Virtually any key, button, or combination can become a hotkey.

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A program like SharpKeys can help you remap seldom used keys such as F12 etc. to media keys such as Play/Pause:

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I've used it successfully with keyboards that lacked special media keys, and it worked fine.

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