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How can I determine which process owns a hotkey in Windows?

Some of my global shortcuts stopped working, and I cannot figure out why. I suspect that there is some program that captures these shortcuts, but I don't know how to figure out which one is it (if any). Using windows7rc.


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Maybe you'll have some luck with Deep System Explorer. They list Hotkeys in the features they support.

I couldn't run it on my Windows 7 64-bits after install (driver error), not sure wich version (32 or 64 bits) of 7 you're using.

Another one, HotKey Commander, is listed in this thread at Sysinternals.

  • Thank you. Deep System Explorer seems to be able to get this information. I will try it on the system where I see the problem. Oct 19, 2009 at 12:43
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    I installed and openend Hotkey Commander. It opened all programs I have on my computer, which obviously made it crash and led me to believe that that is shady software.
    – JBSnorro
    Jun 24, 2018 at 9:36
  • Hotkey Commander/Explorer is just badly coded. It scans for every possible shortcut, and actually executes each of them in doing so.
    – vctls
    Apr 1, 2019 at 8:28

Seems to be tricky. Found Active Hotkeys which will tell you if a hotkey has been assigned. This led to his Stack Overflow question which has been asked by the developer. Not sure I understand the answers, but good luck in there!

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