Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Defining keyboard shortcuts for different open application windows

16 Oct 2011   #1
erasmose

Win 7 professional
 
 
Defining keyboard shortcuts for different open application windows

Hello,

This is my first post here.
Question is: How can I define keyboard shortcuts for different open application windows. This is something I do in Linux and it helps a lot when I have many windows open.
Example: I have Internet explorer open, I give it shortcut Ctrl+Shift+A
Then for example VLC player is open, I give it a Ctrl+shift+B

Then I can just press these keys and go from one window to another. This makes a lot of sense when I have 40 windows open. Pressing Alt+tab is not as efficient as this.

Thanks,
Sep


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
16 Oct 2011   #2
Sub Styler

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

[Alt]+[TAB] might not be as effective with that many windows open, but I prefer [Win]+[TAB] as you then get a visual.

Would you method work if for example there were 3 MS word windows, 4 Firefox windows, a regedit window, a res hacker window and 8 windows explorer windows? How would it know which of the 4 firefox windows you wanted?


*the win key being the one with the windows logo on it
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Oct 2011   #3
erasmose

Win 7 professional
 
 

Yeah i sometimes use the win+tab too.
Basically you define shortcuts for different windows. So 2 different windows of the same application can have 2 shortcuts. So it is only valid as long as you keep the window open.
Example: One IE window can have its shortcut. And another IE window must have a different shortcut or no shortcut.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

16 Oct 2011   #4
erasmose

Win 7 professional
 
 

Ok if it is confusing, I'm gonna write down how I do it in Linux:
Right click on a window, go to advanced options, define shortcut. It doesn't matter how many other instances of application are open. That's a shortcut just for that window. Once you close the window, shortcut is gone. It is not permenant.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Oct 2011   #5
Sub Styler

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

No it's not confusing but AFAIK it's not possible in windows, TBH I dont think many people can be bothered assigning keyboard shortcuts to windows that are just gonna be lost every time they restart or crash.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Oct 2011   #6
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by erasmose View Post
Ok if it is confusing, I'm gonna write down how I do it in Linux:
Right click on a window, go to advanced options, define shortcut. It doesn't matter how many other instances of application are open. That's a shortcut just for that window. Once you close the window, shortcut is gone. It is not permenant.
You could hack together your own application to sit in the system tray using AutoIt3

If you have more than one window with the exact caption it will use the last found. Linux probably uses a unique id for the window. Then again you could write your code to get the window handle. It would take a little bit of trial and error but AutoIt3 syntax is very like Basic. It's easy to learn. The software tools are free.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Oct 2011   #7
erasmose

Win 7 professional
 
 

Thanks guys. I guess I'm not gonna go learn a new programming language for this... but thanks for the info.

It is actually very useful. And I have some windows that are open for the whole week. So the shortcut stays.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Oct 2011   #8
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

I did a cursory search but I didn't find a Linux window manager for Windows. You would think there'd be some but maybe it's too involved with all the Explorer shell quirks.

There are a bunch of free window placement/manipulation programs around. You might look on the big download sites like download.com, softpedia, sourceforge.net and see if there's something close to what you want. There should be something that allows you to associate a hotkey with the active window and at least move it to the top of the pile when you hit the key. It's been a long time since I did Linux. I vaguely recall something like what you are talking about. Seems too the command shell windows are much more advanced than for Windows. All the custom ones I've tried for Windows that stick a Gui on top of the command prompt either crash or Aero goes away when you click 'em.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Oct 2011   #9
debugged

Windows 7
 
 

The built-in shortcuts Win + 1 (2, 3, etc.) are similar to what you want - where 1 is the first tab in the taskbar, 2 is the second, and so on. Especially if you have various applications open for a long time, it might be useful to you.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Oct 2011   #10
erasmose

Win 7 professional
 
 

Cool!
I didn't know about the win+number
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Defining keyboard shortcuts for different open application windows




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Custom Windows Keyboard Shortcuts?
How can I customize the Windows shortcuts - like WinKey + D = Show desktop and so on. Is there a not so hard to use program for it? Recently I've moved to a different keyboard layout and it's very uncomfortable to use all the shortcuts that I'm used to with the new layout. Excuse me if there it...
Customization
Application keyboard shortcuts
I created an application keyboard shortcut and it worked one time then failed the second time I tried to use it. I've tried creating other shortcuts but none of them will work either. I have logged out and back in, restarted, shutdown and booted again. I am still unable to create a working...
Customization
Keyboard - Shift & Alt keys stopped working for keyboard shortcuts
As I wrote in the title, my Shift and Alt keys stopped working for keyboard shortcuts. However, the Shift key still works when capitalizing letters. I've been dealing with this problem off/on for the past two weeks and haven't been able to figure it out. I've gone into Ease of Access features...
Hardware & Devices
Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts You Must Know !
Found this on the TechieQuest forum website. Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts You Must Know Thanks to them and it is very usefull too.:D Win + UP :- Arrow Maximize the current window Win + Down Arrow :- Restore down or minimize current windows Win + Left Arrow :- Dock the current window to the...
General Discussion
Windows 7 Keyboard Shortcuts
More... and our tutorial here: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/4052-shortcut-keys-windows-7-a.html
News
few Keyboard Shortcuts For Windows OS
TAKE A LOOK Win+Home: Clear all but the active window Win+Space: All windows become transparent so you can see through to the desktop Win+Up arrow: Maximize the active window Win+Down arrow: Minimize the window/Restore the window if it's maximized Win+Left/Right arrows: Dock the window to...
General Discussion


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 21:11.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App