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Windows 7: Keyboard shortcut for Taskbar's Address Toolbar

20 Aug 2011   #1
DilbertWannaBe

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Keyboard shortcut for Taskbar's Address Toolbar

I'm trying to find out if there is a keyboard shortcut to move focus to the Address toolbar when it is added to the taskbar. (Again, this is the address bar in the taskbar, not the address bar in an explorer or browser window for which ALT+D is the shortcut.) I've searched Microsoft's list of Keyboard shortcuts, but did not find any information. And my Google searches have not found anything.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks.


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19 Jun 2012   #2
uidzero

Windows 7 Ult 32bit
 
 
Windows 7 Address Bar Shortcut

I know this post is old but I was going crazy looking for this same deal, what I ended up doing was downloading autohotkey and writing a script that assigned one of my function keys (F1) to set the focus to the address bar.

F1::ControlFocus,ComboBox1,ahk_class Shell_TrayWnd

then i compiled the script and put it in my startup.

Hope this helps
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19 Jun 2012   #3
argowen

Windows 7 x64 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by uidzero View Post
I know this post is old but I was going crazy looking for this same deal, what I ended up doing was downloading autohotkey and writing a script that assigned one of my function keys (F1) to set the focus to the address bar.

F1::ControlFocus,ComboBox1,ahk_class Shell_TrayWnd

then i compiled the script and put it in my startup.

Hope this helps
Funnily enough I was trying to do this every thing the other day and was just having a looking to see if there was a better way I'd found both ComboBox1 and ahk_class Shell_TrayWnd parts but wasn't too sure on how to use them. I eventually settled with send keys [Win] B followed by [Shift] + [Tab]. However, I wanted to use the windows key and don't like having to use send keys. They only problem I found which may be my system is that your above code seems to highlight the address textbox but it won't actually let me type. Did you have the same issue? if so how did you get passed that?
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29 Jul 2015   #4
DPT

Windows 7 Professional - 64 bit
 
 

I Know this thread is old, but I think this is a relevant addition...


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by uidzero View Post
... The only problem I found which may be my system is that your above code seems to highlight the address textbox but it won't actually let me type. Did you have the same issue? if so how did you get passed that?
Certain applications will retain keyboard focus (a search bar for instance). The work around I used was to send the left Window key (or right) first, which will dislodge any keyboard focus.

F2::
Send {LWin}
ControlFocus,ComboBox1,ahk_class Shell_TrayWnd


This is a great little script that works very well with what I have settled on so far to be my favorite Desktop and application running configuration. First, I like to hide all Desktop icons which gives me a clean screen (but allows the Desktop to house content and receive dropped content). I then use a combination of the Desktop toolbar and Address bar to access Desktop content. I also place a number of shortcuts and name them with easily remembered and typed names like "xl".

With this AHK script, my Address bar then becomes streamlined version of the "run" application. I can open an application like Excel very easily by typing F2 + "xl", or F2 + "xyz..." or whatever I want for anything else. I find this to be a great method for running often used programs while also avoiding the clutter and entropy inherent to an icon based desktop, while retaining some desktop functionality, such as being an interfacing repository and receiving drag-and-drop. To top it all off, you can also use scripting to triage and manage drag-and-drop content and perform tasks like revisioning or assigning content to another folder (like email rules).
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