Make Windows Better Open PC programs quicker
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.