On all my Windows PCs I do a 'Shortcut key' for calculator to open with Ctrl+Shift+C:

Windows 10 Calculator Properties, Shortcut tab

I can't figure out how to do it on Windows 10. There are no right-click properties.

Windows 10 Calculator right-click

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    I just use win+R then type calc – Burgi May 9 '16 at 22:31
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    I have the Logitech K520 keyboard that has an individual calculator button on the top right corner. As I do not have any Logitech drivers installed, there must be a default shortcut. – mgutt Mar 29 '17 at 21:27
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    Now I found the solution. The calc button on my keyboard is the appkey #18 as explained here: superuser.com/a/194102/129262 – mgutt Jul 8 '18 at 23:22
  1. Create a shortcut of Calendar
  2. Set the target: C:\Windows\System32\calc.exe
  3. Right click on the shortcut and select “Properties”
  4. On the “Shortcut” tab, enter the keyboard shortcut

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Option 1

  • File Explorer, type this (shell shortcut) in location bar shell:AppsFolder, right-click Calculator, Create shorcut, Yes
  • Right-click new Calculator shortcut on Desktop, Properties, there is our Shortcut key field/entry!

Option 2

  • Go to %WinDir%\System32, right-click calc.exe, Create Shortcut, Yes. Then step 2 above

If I placed the shortcut in %WinDir%\System or Documents it seemingly wouldn't work!? It was flakey even moving back to Desktop, but after I set the shortcut to something else, hit Apply, then back to Ctrl+Shift+C it'd work :P


Using AutoHotkey script allows to use "Win" key for shortcut, e.g for Win+C:

#c::Run "calc.exe"
  • Can you please give a little more detail. – Clinton Feb 3 at 21:48
  • First, download and install AutoHotkey e.g. from autohotkey.com Then, create a new text file (e. g. "calc.ahk") and place the above script in it. Finally, run the script. You can read more about hotkeys here: autohotkey.com/docs/Hotkeys.htm – user1414213562 Feb 5 at 10:27

With Windows 10 you can just simply pull the calculator icon from the Windows menu to your desktop, right click it and then select properties. The window that opens should allow you to add a hotkey.

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