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Windows 7: Possible to create a hotkey to open a certain folder?

28 Jun 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Possible to create a hotkey to open a certain folder?

If I have a folder that usually takes a bit of navigation to get to (don't want any shortcuts on my desktop either as I don't have any shortcuts or icons on my desktop) is it possible to assign some sort of key to instantly open it? Such as holding down CTRL+ALT+184 on the num pad and it will open up that folder. Can it be done?

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28 Jun 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

Well, according to this article, keyboard shortcuts must reside on the desktop, which is what you don't want.

Keyboard Shortcut - Vista Forums

I'm just wondering if the alternative might be an upmarket keyboard that has hot keys that can be programmed to open a certain program or folder. I know both Logitech and Microsoft do one, but they are rather expensive as far as keyboards go.

You could of course use desktop shortcuts then choose to hide your desktop icons/shortcuts until you need them, although you'd then need to right-click your desktop to hide or view icons, but it would be quicker than drilling down to an obscure location.
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28 Jun 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64


If you pin the folder to the Task Bar, you've got it made.

The Logo Key plus a number 1-9, will open the item in that position on the Task Bar. Try it now!

To learn how to pin a Folder to the Task Bar, go here: Taskbar - Pin or Unpin a Folder

Hope this helps,
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28 Jun 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM (Technet)

Why not put that folder into a Library....then all you have to do is open the Library and you're there.
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29 Jun 2011   #5

Windows 7

That's what Autohotkey is made for. Download and install the basic program in a minute or so and you can immediately start making your own hotkeys. For example, to make Ctrl+Alt+NumPad1 open your folder would be like:

Run L:\Docs\random folder
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