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Windows 7: Can't assign hotkey to desktop shortcut

11 Jul 2016   #1
dancing leaves

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 
Can't assign hotkey to desktop shortcut

I had a desktop shortcut to an application, and a working hotkey assigned to it. Today I noticed it was missing. Not sure what happened and can't find the shortcut in the recycle bin.



So, I created a new shortcut to start the application on the desktop and tried to assign the same hotkey sequence. The window blinks quickly but no error message is displayed and the hotkey is not assigned.



If you have any ideas on how to fix this, please let me know. Thanks!


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11 Jul 2016   #2
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Before you click on Apply or OK...

...please provide a screenshot of the shortcut's Properties

...a screenshot something like this:

Can't assign hotkey to desktop shortcut-capture.png


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11 Jul 2016   #3
dancing leaves

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Here it is. I'm not sure it will be helpful. I can put my cursor in the shortcut key field. I can hold down the Ctrl and Shift keys and they will appear in the field. Then I press the w key and the window loses focus and the field goes back to displaying "None". The image shows Ctrl + Alt apparently because I'm using Alt + PrtSc to get a pic.


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11 Jul 2016   #4
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

It sounds like Ctrl + Shift + W is currently assigned to to some other shortcut. Perhaps the original shortcut has been moved/hidden off screen. Look at your desktop via Windows (file) Explorer. Also look in C:\Users\Public\
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11 Jul 2016   #5
dancing leaves

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

There are about 50 items on the desktop. C:\Users\Public\ has about a dozen folders. What am I looking for, exactly?

Ctrl + Shift + W was assigned to the Word shortcut that went missing. If it was somehow hidden (how does that even happen), but the computer "knows" enough to not assign it again, why doesn't Ctrl + Shift + W open Word? I'd expect at least an error message.
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11 Jul 2016   #6
dancing leaves

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Poking around, trying to figure out what's going on. Noticed that 2 other shortcuts I had on the desktop are gone. They did not have assigned hotkeys. Very curious.
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11 Jul 2016   #7
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

I'm not sure what happened to the shortcuts - maybe some of them are corrupted. Perhaps CHKDSK will help.
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12 Jul 2016   #8
Pyprohly

Windows 10, Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows 7 Professional, OS X El Capitan
 
 

This may help. Lists all shortcut files with a hotkey set.


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