I know I could use AHK to bind keys to bring a predefined window into focus, but I'm looking for a utility that will allow me to assign shortcut keys on-the-fly to bring a specific window into focus.


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Does anything like this exist?

  • Well, you could write a little application in AutoHotkey to do this. ;) – iglvzx Jul 23 '12 at 18:48
  • @iglvzx: I don't think AHK lets you add buttons to the caption bar of all windows. – josh3736 Jul 23 '12 at 19:14

In Windows 7, the first 10 programs on your taskbar automatically have hotkeys assigned based on their position in the taskbar. Pressing Win + 1 will activate the first program on the task bar (or launch it, if it's not open). Win + 2 activates the second, and so on up to Win + 0 activating the 10th. The programs do not need to be pinned to the task bar for this to work, but programs that are pinned can be launched with those shortcuts in they are not open.

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    Unfortunately, this doesn't help when each app has several windows open. (You can press Win + n multiple times like an app-specific Alt+Tab, but that's not what I'm looking for.) I want one keystroke/combination to jump straight to a specific window. – josh3736 Jul 23 '12 at 18:39

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