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Windows 7: Keyboard Shortcut to launch Folders


21 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7 Enterprise (64-bit)
 
 
Keyboard Shortcut to launch Folders

To assign a Keyboard Shortcut to a folder, I first send it to the desktop (create a shortcut). Then right-click > Properties > Shortcut tab > Shortcut key..

This works... as long as the shortcuts remain on the desktop.

When I try and move the Folder Shortcuts into a master folder on my desktop, to free up space in my desktop area, the shortcuts no longer launch the folder.


Please help!

Thank you in advance

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21 Jun 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

that is just the way it works.... key shortcuts work only for shortcuts on the desktop and not within a a folder on the desktop

Sorry
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21 Jun 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello WinSlevin, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you like, the shortcut itself can be located in either the Start Menu All Programs area, on the desktop, pinned to the taskbar, or pinned to the Start Menu for the keyboard shortcut you assign to it to still work.

Hope this helps some,
Shawn
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21 Jun 2012   #4

Windows 7 Enterprise (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dino13 View Post
that is just the way it works.... key shortcuts work only for shortcuts on the desktop and not within a a folder on the desktop

Sorry
Err, no. They do not work with folders withnin folders on the desktop, you're right. But they definitely work for more than just shortcuts on the desktop.

I have a folder full of excel file shortcuts, that still launch according to their assigned keyboard short. It's folder shortcuts that wont launch from within a desktop folder.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Hello WinSlevin, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you like, the shortcut itself can be located in either theStart Menu All Programsarea, on the desktop, pinned to the taskbar, or pinned to the Start Menu for the keyboard shortcut you assign to it to still work.

Hope this helps some,
Shawn
Definitely informative, and offers some alternatives. Thank you.

I really dislike the fact that you can't simply assign a keyboard shortcut to folder.
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21 Jun 2012   #5
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Well, it's not exactly what you are wanting, but you could place the folder where you like, create a shortcut of it on your desktop, and assign a keyboard shortcut to the folder shortcut. The shortcut will open the folder itself, but not the shortcuts in the folder.
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21 Jun 2012   #6

Windows 7 Enterprise (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Well, it's not exactly what you are wanting, but you could place the folder where you like, create a shortcut of it on your desktop, and assign a keyboard shortcut to the folder shortcut. The shortcut will open the folder itself, but not the shortcuts in the folder.
Yeah no that isn't at all helpful; i'm talking about having dozens of folders that need shortcuts. And i dont want to leave them on the desktop because the eat up too much space.

BUT

Pinning them to the Star Menu > All Programs, as you suggested above, works well for me, so thank you.

HOWEVER

I think it should be noted that you must send the folder to the Desktop, then pin it to the Start Menu > All Programs, and then assign it a keyboard shortcut.

Sending to desktop, assigning shortcut, then pinning to All Programs will *not* work, but that doesn't mean this trick is doable. It just must be done in order.


Cheers all around.
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21 Jun 2012   #7
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Yep, the keyboard shortcut will have to be assigned at whatever location the shortcut is to be left at. I'm happy to hear that will work you.
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