With Windows 8.1 Pro, how do I configure the system such that (menu, command button, etc.) hotkeys are displayed by default rather than only after explicitly pressing Alt?
There's a specific option you can turn on by following these steps:
- Press Win+u to open the Ease of Access Center.
- Click the Make the keyboard easier to use link.
Enable the Underline keyboard shortcuts and access keys option, and press OK.
This option highlights the access keys for the controls in dialog boxes so you can move around quickly. For more info, see Keyboard shortcuts.
Source: Change keyboard settings
Before Windows Vista, a similar option was available in the appearance settings. Following the user interface redesign, the option was moved to the accessibility dialog.
You can use the above solution, or use the solution that's been around since before they were collected ⃰ ⃰ in 1 place and named "Ease of Access" (which is a place they created to put anything related to "ease of access") in Win7 (maybe Vista) and above Open Explorer.
Tools on the menu, then
Folder Options. In the middle section on that page you'll see ⃰ ⃰
click on that. In the middle section you'll see that normally you can choose your underline style if you choose:
⚫ S̲ingle-click to open an item (point to select)
⚫ Underline icon titles consistent with my b̲rowser
⚪ Underline icon titles only when I p̲oint to them.
⚪ D̲ouble-click to open an item (single-click to select)
⃰ ⃰ - Most of the features that are on the Ease of Access page, were already present under previous versions of windows -- it just became a collection point for them to create a new menu and allow them a new "point" on their marketing feature list.