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, 2016 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, 2017 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, 2018 at 23:22

6 Answers 6

  1. Create a shortcut of Calculator
  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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    What happens to the keyboard shortcut if you delete the shortcut icon ?
    – lafferc
    Jun 9, 2019 at 11:19

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


To set up a Win+1 keyboard shortcut:

  1. Pin the calculator to the taskbar (Press Windows key, start typing "calculator", once the app icon shows up, right-click to "Pin to Taskbar")
  2. Drag it to the left-most spot on the taskbar (looks nice by the other white icons)
  3. Windows key + 1 opens item #1 on your taskbar, which is now the calculator.
  4. Bonus: Win + Shift + 1 opens a new instance of the calculator if you want multiple ones open.

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

#c::Run "calc.exe"
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    Can you please give a little more detail.
    – Clinton
    Feb 3, 2019 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 Feb 5, 2019 at 10:27

I didn't want to do any programming or pollute my desktop. What I did was find where my personal app links were stored when I installed them. I'll use Firefox as an example.

  1. I clicked on the Win icon (lower left), found the Firefox icon in all the apps listed and right clicked on it.
  2. In the pop-up menu that appeared I hovered over on "More" and then left-clicked on "Open file location." That directory for me was: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs.
  3. I created a Desktop icon for calc.exe and copied it to that same directory.
  4. I added the shortcut key to that Start Menu program.
  5. I deleted the Desktop shortcut.

Maybe a couple extra steps, but it (Ctrl - Alt - K) works!


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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    As a developer, I love to tell people it works on my machine. However, in this case it does not. Jul 9, 2019 at 19:55

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