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Windows 7: Favorites using a keyboard?

14 Feb 2011   #1
lee griggs

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 
Favorites using a keyboard?

Hello,

I am trying to find a way to access my favorites with my keyboard.

In XP, Alt A accessed the favorites menu.

The closest I could find is View>Go To>Favorites, but even then 'F' for Favorites does not work after the first go. And it only shows the most recently visited.

I also tried adding keyboard shortcuts to the folders in the Properties of the folder, but it does not seem to do anything when I press the keyboard shortcut?? ie Ctrl Alt A

I was wondering if there was a way to access my favorites with a keyboard?

It used to be so much faster using the keyboard to access favorites in XP. I really dont know why they chose to get rid of it in Vista/Windows 7.

You used to be able to operate Windows with just a keyboard. Those days are sadly gone

Cheers,
Lee


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14 Feb 2011   #2
SledgeDG

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

Hi lee griggs and welcome to SF

You're talking about Internet explorer, right? (I'm using Chrome so I have to guess

Apparently those keyboard commands have changed:

Favorites: CTRL-I
Favorites in pinned mode: CTRL-Shift-I

Is that what you were looking for ?

-DG
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14 Feb 2011   #3
lee griggs

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

No sorry, I meant in Windows Explorer.
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14 Feb 2011   #4
slbrito

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

hi
type google the complete windows shortcut book there you can download a very useful book about shortcuts
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14 Feb 2011   #5
SledgeDG

Windows 7 Ultimate x86
 
 

OK, gotcha
Use Option 2 from this tutorial

Favorites Shortcut - Create

and assign a Key to the shortcut (like CTRL-ALT-A)
and you're almost back to XP times

-DG
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14 Feb 2011   #6
lee griggs

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

That is almost there.

The problem is it opens a new Windows Explorer each time I go to a favorite.

Whereas, I like to jump around from favorite to favorite copying and pasting files etc as I go.

Also when I press Start>F it jumps to 'Windows Fax and Scan' when it brings up the search.
Is there a way to turn off the search in the Start Menu btw. I have tried Classic Shell but that has no favorites either.

Cheers,
Lee
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14 Feb 2011   #7
lee griggs

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by slbrito View Post
hi
type google the complete windows shortcut book there you can download a very useful book about shortcuts
I did that and it took me to here:

List of freeware releases from The Windows Club | The Windows Club

Do you have a direct link?

Cheers,
Lee
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14 Feb 2011   #8
lee griggs

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SledgeDG View Post
OK, gotcha
Use Option 2 from this tutorial

Favorites Shortcut - Create

and assign a Key to the shortcut (like CTRL-ALT-A)
and you're almost back to XP times

-DG
I tried that thanks SledgeDG. However, it opens up a new explorer window, whereas I need to jump between favorites quickly without opening up lots of explorer windows.

Sorry to be so finickity, but missing keyboard favorites is really slowing me down in Windows 7.

Cheers,
Lee
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14 Feb 2011   #9
lee griggs

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

ok, the closest Ive got is to paste my favorites to my desktop, then Alt Up to my desktop in explorer and type the first letter of the folder and press enter. Jeez, what a pain in the ass...
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14 Feb 2011   #10
gregrocker

 

You can place your Favorites on your Start menu by rightclicking in empty space>Properties>Customize

But easier to just pull down Favorites in IE8. I do it a hundred times a day and have never found anything shorter, with History also right there to dice five ways to get back anywhere quickly .
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