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Computer Tutorial: Creating a Keyboard Shortcut for Desktop Icons

Creating a Keystroke Shortcut for a Desktop Icon

This can be extremely beneficial for persons who have trouble using a mouse. Whether it is a physical access issue or a visual issue, if placing a mouse over an icon and then double left clicking causes the user problems, then this could help greatly.

Example: If you use Word often, you can create a keyboard shortcut of Control + Alt + W that automatically opens Word.

Instructions on how to create keyboard shortcuts are given below. Two sets of instructions are included: for Keyboard only users and for mouse users.

Keyboard User Instructions

You may perform this operation with any Shortcut icon. In this tutorial we are using Internet Explorer.

Step 1

Go to the shortcut on the desktop that runs desired program.

Press Windows Key + D to put focus on the Desktop, then press the I key until the Internet Explorer icon is highlighted.

It will be an icon that has a small arrow in the left corner to show that it is a shortcut.



Step 2

If the Shortcut exists you may skip to Step 8.

If there is no Shortcut available for the program do the following: Press the Windows Key to open the Start Menu.

The Windows Key is between the CTRL key and the ALT key.

Step 3

On the Start Menu navigate to Programs.

Use the up or down arrow to move to Programs or

Press the P key to highlight Programs

Step 4

The Programs Menu will expand to the right.

Hit the I key until Internet Explorer is highlighted.iii

Step 5

Now use the Application Key to open the sub-context menu.

The Application Key is on the right side of the Space Bar between the ALT key and the CTRL key.

If you do not have a Windows keyboard, you may use Shift + F10 to access the sub-context menu.

Step 6

Go to Send To -->

Use the down arrow or hit the N key

When Highlighted, hit Enter

Step 7

Go to Desktop (create shortcut)

Use the down arrow

When Highlighted, hit Enter

This puts the shortcut icon on the Desktop.

Step 8

Go to the shortcut on the desktop that runs desired program.

Press Windows Key + D to put focus on the Desktop, then press the I key until the Internet Explorer icon is highlighted.

Step 9

Click on the Application key or Shift + F10
to get the sub-context menu

Go to Properties

Use down arrow…this will work slowly
Use up arrow…it gets you there quicker
or hit the R key…the fastest

Hit the Enter key

Step 10

In the Properties dialog box
hit Tab until you reach the box titled Shortcut key.

Type the letter that you wish to use in the Shortcut combination.

For this example we are using I for Internet.

When you hit the I key, it prints CNRL + ALT + I in the box.

Step 11

After typing I, the box will show
CTRL + ALT + I

Tab to Apply, hit Enter

Tab to OK, hit Enter

With the focus on the Desktop
(Windows key + D)
try out the CNTR + ALT + I combination to confirm that it opens Internet Explorer.

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Mouse User Instructions

You may perform this operation with any Shortcut icon. In this tutorial we are using Internet Explorer.

Step 1

Go to the shortcut on the desktop that runs desired program.

It will be an icon that has a small arrow in the left corner to show that it is a shortcut.

Step 2

If the Shortcut exists you may skip to Step 6.

If there is no Shortcut available for the program do the following:

Start Menu >

Programs >



Step 3

Go to the program you desire

Right Click on the Program >



Step 4

Left click on Send To >



Step 5

Left Click on Desktop (Create Shortcut)



Step 6

Go to the shortcut on the desktop that runs desired program.

Right click on the icon to open the sub-context menu.

Step 7

This menu is frequently different because it lists the options for that “particular” object that you have chosen.

But it typically will resemble the Menu to the right.


Left Click on Properties.




Step 8

This will open the Properties dialog box for the shortcut.

Left click in the box titled
Shortcuy key: None

Step 9

Type the letter that you wish to use in the Shortcut combination.

For this example we are using I for Internet.

When you hit the I key, it prints CNRL + ALT + I in the box.

Step 10


Left click on Apply,
Left click on OK.


Left click anywhere on the Desktop to place the focus on the Desktop.

try out the CNTR + ALT + I combination to confirm that it opens Internet Explorer.

 

 

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