Make Win­dows Bet­ter Open PC pro­grams quicker

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Key­board short­cuts are a great way to open pro­grams and apps you use all the time. To cre­ate a short­cut for one of your down­loaded pro­grams, sim­ply right-click its desk­top short­cut (or its search re­sult in your Start menu), then click Prop­er­ties.

In the win­dow that opens, you’ll see a ‘Short­cut key’ field (set to None). Click in this field, then press the keys you want to use as a short­cut (see screen­shot). You can use a com­bi­na­tion of the mod­i­fier keys (Ctrl, Shift, Alt) and a letter key. Fi­nally, click Ap­ply, then OK to con­firm your short­cut. Click Con­tinue if you see a pop-up mes­sage ask­ing you to pro­vide ad­min­is­tra­tor per­mis­sions.

The process to cre­ate a key­board short­cut for apps from the Win­dows Store re­quires one ad­di­tional step at the start. First, open your Start menu, then scroll down to the list of your apps (in al­pha­bet­i­cal or­der). Drag and drop the app you want to your desk­top. Next, right-click the desk­top icon, click Prop­er­ties, then re­peat the process de­scribed above. You can delete the desk­top icon once you’ve cre­ated your key­board short­cut.

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