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Are there any way to set a custom keyboard shortcut for an application in Windows?
More specifically I'd like to overwrite the exisisting WIN + E shortcut (which is default for opening Windows Explorer)

I think it might be possible to do it with AutoHotKey , but I'm looking for a more native solution, e.g. a registry hack, so I don't have to depend on third-party software.

I saw SharpKeys were noted in another post ( How can I remap a keyboard key? ), but I'm not sure if that can set application specific shortcuts, only change the function of keys. Regardless, this is also third-party software.

Lastly, I'm aware of custom keyboard shortcut for shortcuts, but these are limited to CTRL + ALT + <wanted key>.

I've been unsuccessful Googling for this but perhaps my Google Fu level is not high enough. Ultimately I may have to settle for AutoHotKey, but any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

  • Do you want to overwrite it such that you can useWIN+ E for something else, or do you just want another shortcut to open Windows explorer? – BramMooij Nov 9 '16 at 14:05
  • I would like to overwrite WIN+E to start another application than Windows Explorer. Just thought I'd make the question more generic because I'd also love to create other custom shortcuts like WIN+W etc. This is solved very elegantly in Linux where I can manually enter command for any key bindings. – KEK Nov 9 '16 at 14:22
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    Thanks for the clarification. I don't know how you could do this, but I will think about it. – BramMooij Nov 9 '16 at 14:25

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