On Linux, I typically use glipper, which has a convenient keyboard shortcut, Ctrl-Alt-C - if I click this when (not a program, but) the Desktop is in focus, then a window gets shown with the entire clipboard list.

So now I work on a Windows 10 computer, and as an alternative to glipper, I've chosen CopyQ. It seems quite fine, except for the keyboard shortcut. Upon running, the program ends up in the Notification Area (aka "System Tray") of the Taskbar:


... and if you click on the icon, then you get a window with all the clippings:


My question is:

  • How do I make a keyboard shortcut in Windows 10, so that when I execute that keyboard combination, I get the CopyQ window raised and shown?

Note that I've tried adding a keyboard shortcut in the desktop shortcut (as per https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/create-keyboard-shortcuts-windows-10 ; "Enter a key combination in the Shortcut key field"), but this does nothing - or rather, it attempts to start the program, but as the program is already started and just sits in systray, not much happens.

EDIT: Turns out, for this specific program, there is a way to do this - https://github.com/hluk/CopyQ/wiki/Basic-Usage :

To assign system shortcut to quickly open and close application window:

  • open Command dialog from "File" menu "Command/Global Shortcuts...",
  • click "Add" button,
  • select "Show/hide main window" from list and click OK,
  • change "Global Shortcut" option.

... note it will only work if the shortcut is not already assigned elsewhere (such as in a "key combination in the Shortcut key field").

But it would be good to know if there is a generic solution to this in Windows 10...

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