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Windows 7: Custom keyboard shortcut key not working properly

19 May 2012   #21

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
solution does not work when using remote desktop

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rubin712 View Post
After dogging this same problem for hours it appears that in Windows 7 "Store and display recently opened programs in the Start menu" needs to be enable (checked) for shortcuts to persist across logoff/logon events.

Reference this post for more information

Windows 7 - Custom keyboard shortcut key not working properly [SOLVED] - [H]ard|Forum

Enabling this setting cleared the problems while all other suggested remedies did not.
The solution provided by this link is great, but it appears to not fix the issue entirely. Specifically, when you remote desktop into a Windows 7 computer that has custom keyboard shortcuts assigned, once you have rdp'd into that computer, it loses all of the custom keyboard shortcuts until you logout, and then log back into the computer non-remotely (ie. at the machine itself).

I second the motion that Microsoft should fix the way custom keyboard shortcuts persist on all Windows 7 OS's.

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08 Oct 2012   #22

Windows 7 Home 64bit sp1

re: #9 I too created a new admin user, but one change I gave the shortcuts different letters. when I rebooted the admin user could open the .exe from the new admin user account, but not from the main admin user account. bazaar.
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24 Oct 2012   #23

Windows 7 64-bit

I had several times incredible trouble in Win 7 with key shortcuts. This feature had been a bit corrupted. I have CTRL+SHIFT+O to run Outlook. Then it stopped to work "sometimes". To fix it, you have to unassign. However it is not possible because when I deleted the key shortcut from the desktop shortcut, the key was still active "somewhere" and I could not re-establish the key shortcut since it fired Outlook all the time. Finally I figured out that I had to go to Start menu and find another instance of Outlook shortcut where this key shortcut was also assigned. Then all starts to work suddenly.

awkward bug in Win 7 and lots of wasted time among people
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27 Aug 2013   #24

Seven Home Premium x64

Yuck! I have accidentally assigned Ctrl+Shift+T to the Task Scheduler, that's the combination I use on Firefox to reopen the tabs. It will unmercifully launch the TS now, unless another combination is set. The TS has two shortcuts in the Start Menu, both have None for key shortcut. Go figure! It's the same problem I had with another custom shortcut, so I'm looking for any unregistered combo now for the TS and won't ever assign key shortcuts on Windows again.
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23 Apr 2014   #25

Win 8 64bit

As someone mentioned, this is the ONLY place in the WHOLE internet for this particular problem. In a way I found it amusing reading this.

Thank you David Wilhite!

Your solution, making a "_hotkeys" folder into "C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\" and putting the shortcuts there, works perfectly fine for Windows 8 too.

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24 Apr 2014   #26

64bit Windows 7 Ultimate

exactly what haxtibel said.

I think it's really cool to see how at first, it was regular forum users trying to help OP, but then people who only signed up for this one issue took over the thread, and eventually found a solution to the problem. Its like a small, fleeting micro community that sprang up over this one issue.
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05 May 2014   #27

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
No luck with the solutions to date

I have been trying to get this to work so I can launch FreeCommander XE using Ctrl+Alt+E (i.e. as an alternative to WinKey+E). Tried everything suggested including making the shortcut in the _hotkeys sub-directory. All I get when I try is a 'bell' sound. [Already had the recommended Start menu settings enabled.]
So, I tried with another app (NetBeans) - same thing.
I then tried a few of the Win 7 predefined Ctrl+Alt+<keystroke> as listed in Keyboard shortcuts - Microsoft Windows Help. Some were silent, some rang the 'bell', but the Ctrl+Alt+<arrow keys>, instead of panning the screen, rotated it!
Whole thing seems to be a mess - can anybody please kick MS to take notice of the issues?
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