I just found out that you can set a key combination to open a particular shortcut on your desktop. However, when I do this, it takes four to five seconds to open, consistently. How do I make this delay go away and make the shortcut open instantly?
For anyone wondering, the way to set the key combination is to right click the shortcut, select properties, go to the shortcut tab and set the Shortcut key property by selecting the field and pressing a key.
It seems you can only use ctrl+alt+key to open shortcuts, but I don't find that to be a problem.