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I want to replace the default windows shortcut WIN + W with a custom (.lnk) shortcut

Is this possible - when yes: how?

  • I think you meant .lnk (stands for link) not .ink – ADTC Sep 28 '14 at 16:34
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Download the AutoHotKey and add this simple line into its macro file:

#w::Run C:\Tools\mylink.lnk

(do not forget to run AutoHotKey as administrator)

Note: # = Win; + = Shift; ^ = Ctrl; ! = Alt, so ^!Esc is Ctrl+Alt+Esc etc...

AutoHotKey (free, open source) is worth exploring to find a way to other macro/hotkey/automation possibilities.

  • I know AutoHotKey basically, thanks for this great hint. I'll try this soon :) – bablewa Sep 27 '14 at 18:44
  • @bablewa - If you are on Windows 8.1, I recommend keeping Win+W for original functionality (search through settings) and employ something unoccupied like Win+A instead. – miroxlav Sep 27 '14 at 18:49
  • that's like the most unneccessary function at all IMHO. – bablewa Sep 27 '14 at 20:59
  • works like a charm (btw w/o admin permissions), thanks again :) – bablewa Sep 27 '14 at 21:06
  • I very often experienced erratic AHK behavior if it was launched without admin permissions. Random effects were seen – hotkeys sometimes worked, sometimes not. If you sometimes experience the same, you have good reason to change this as the first thing. :) – miroxlav Sep 27 '14 at 22:57

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