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?


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

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

Hot Key Plus of 2001 is working on Windows 8. Or MKey

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