I'm using both Windows 7 and XP (simulatnateously on two machines) and I'm getting frustrated with the fact that both versions use different keystrokes to move up the folder hierarchy in explorer. Windows 7 uses [Alt+Up] and XP uses [Backspace].

I've had a look around and tried SharpKeys but as it says:

Things that SharpKeys will not do:

  • Map multiple key presses to one key - e.g. it will not support an attempt to remap Ctrl+C to the F5 key

So, is there any solution?

TIA, Paolo


I do things like that with AutoHotkey: http://www.autohotkey.com

Have a look at the Hotkeys documentation, it's really simple: http://www.autohotkey.com/docs/Hotkeys.htm

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  • Hi Slacker, I downloaded AutoHotkey, but although I can map WIN+Up to backspace, I can't seem to map Alt+Up: So: {#Up::Backspace} works but {!Up::Backspace} doesn't (ingore the braces). Any ideas why? – PaoloFCantoni Nov 19 '10 at 2:31
  • Sorry, been quite busy these days. If you still have this prob try it with a space between: {! UP::Backspace} – släcker Dec 2 '10 at 12:26

I do not know about software, however, if you are not set on a $0 budget you could use a "gaming" keyboard with programmable keys.

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  • why was this downvoted? It sure is a viable option. – AndiChin Sep 6 at 21:35

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