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Windows 7: How did previous user assign special function to keyboard key?

12 Jan 2012   #1
okieuser

Win 7 Pro 64bit
 
 
How did previous user assign special function to keyboard key?

When I took over a PC used by my predecessor, he had Win 7 (MS keyboard) set up so that the Windows key to the right of the space bar and Alt key will dump "http://www." into any open text field. This saves me a lot of time on a repetitive task with our software. However, when I asked one of our best developers how I could assign "mailto:" to another key, he had no idea how the existing functionality was set up. Googling "Windows 7 hotkeys" didn't find me any tips. What to do?


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13 Jan 2012   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by okieuser View Post
When I took over a PC used by my predecessor, he had Win 7 (MS keyboard) set up so that the Windows key to the right of the space bar and Alt key will dump "http://www." into any open text field. This saves me a lot of time on a repetitive task with our software. However, when I asked one of our best developers how I could assign "mailto:" to another key, he had no idea how the existing functionality was set up. Googling "Windows 7 hotkeys" didn't find me any tips. What to do?
In a browser

If you use Control-Enter it will add http://www. xxxxxxxxxx. com

Ie type microsoft and ctrl-enter and you get http ://www.microsoft.com
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15 Jan 2012   #3
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

This can be done with a very simple script in AutoHotkey using the Run, Mailto: command. Your developer, or even you if you are handy, should be able to do it. It's been a while since I used it, but I was easily able to set up key combos (Ctrl + [key]) to paste commonly used words and sentences.

AutoHotkey - Free Mouse and Keyboard Macro Program with Hotkeys and AutoText

AutoHotkey Tutorial: Macro and Hotkey Creation

AutoHotkey Community - Mouse and Keyboard Macros and Hotkeys

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16 Jan 2012   #4
okieuser

Win 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Thank you so much for those links - destined for my cool tools list!
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16 Jan 2012   #5
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

You!re welcome. If you have problems, one of our members, MilesAhead, is very skilled in AutoHotKey. I could ask him to take a look at this thread. A Guy
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16 Jan 2012   #6
okieuser

Win 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

I'll take you up on that offer if I have any problems after reading/implementing the tutorial info!
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