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On WinXP, I used to use qliner hotkeys for starting programs with global hotkeys (for example Win+I for web browser). But qliner hotkeys crashes on Win7 x64, so I need to find another program for setting global hotkeys. Which program do you recommend?

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Autohotkey. Nothing else.

Simple, yet very powerful, syntax, good scripting, lightweight, so on. It's almost perfect, and can do just about anything you ask of it.

Slight niggle with win7: It must be run as administrator to have hotkeys functioning in elevated apps.

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    Autohotkey's user interface isn't too good (it requires writing scripts), but I suppose I'll use it for now. If I ever need more scripting, then its other features might be useful, although then I might as well write a program in a more serious programming language. – Esko Luontola Jan 9 '10 at 21:38
  • It's a very powerful scripting language, though. If you're doing hardcore maths, then yes, go for something more suited, but as a language it's really very powerful. Moving windows, pressing keys, sending messages to windows, so on. – Phoshi Jan 9 '10 at 22:12
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In Windows 7, it's possible to start programs which have been pinned to taskbar by pressing Win+1, Win+2 etc. hotkeys. So Windows 7 has built-in hotkeys for starting up to 10 programs.

If the program is already open, then Win+<number> changes the active window or minimizes the only open window. Win+Shift+<number>, Win+Alt+<number> and Win+Ctrl+<number> also do some things.

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Use this simple methond without installing any software and using only shortcuts and cmd /k

hope it's useful!

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    Welcome to Super User! It would be nice to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link only for future reference. – slhck Mar 31 '12 at 14:42
  • Supported only Ctrl+Alt+? (AltGr+?). – Alex78191 Nov 26 '17 at 17:57
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Hot Key Plus of 2001 is working on Windows 8. Or MKey

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