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Windows 7: How to make keyboard keystroke combinations into desktop icons

05 Apr 2017   #1
JamesEJ

win7 Home Premium x64
 
 
How to make keyboard keystroke combinations into desktop icons

Hello Guys. Would like to avoid doing keystrokes as much as possible. Have got fingers that act more like thumbs when typing, that is a problem for me to do keystrokes.

Any way to make specific keystroke combinations into desktop shortcut icons.

Or... at least be able to make desktop icons that when clicked perform the same function as a specific keystroke combination.

Thanks bunches, Jim


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05 Apr 2017   #2
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Shortcut Keys for Windows 7 - Windows 7 Help Forums is a complete list of the available shortcuts, but to turn them into icons you will need some sort of programming system, A macro language- Try AutoIT which is free and should allow you to create what you need, there are also a lot of samples to get you going, ( you can also fine tune these for your needs)
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05 Apr 2017   #3
JamesEJ

win7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Looked thru AutoIt. I went into a pure mental maze. Gotta know scripting in's out's so must go thru a long learning process for which I do not have the time to spend.

Thanks very much for taking you time and effort to try & help!

Anyone have a different idea?

Thanks, Jim
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05 Apr 2017   #4
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

I initially thought of suggesting using batch files which can be written to do basic tasks such as open a set of programs , and the file explorer open at a certain folder, or a webpage - there is the current replacement powershell - both of these of course also have a leaning curve.

All three options may have scripts that you can download that will meet your needs

there was an option to record AutoIT scripts for later use. which means that a lot of if not all the learning curve is removed, not sure if this is still possible but this suggests a workaround ...

AutoIt Recorder | Automation Developers
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05 Apr 2017   #5
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Another possible option: Way back then, SuperKey, by Borland International, would record one's series of keystrokes into a macro file which would be activated by a two-keystroke shortcut. It might be possible to Google for SuperKey alternatives, for Windows XP and beyond. I've Googled "Superkey Borland International" to start...maybe I can find an alternative.
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05 Apr 2017   #6
JamesEJ

win7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I googled superkey too with several leaders for more associated info. No Joy for me, but then did not really know what I was looking foe exactly either, Thanks Jim
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05 Apr 2017   #7
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

why don't you post an example of something specific you'd like to do - a series of typical keystrokes...
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05 Apr 2017   #8
JamesEJ

win7 Home Premium x64
 
 

The reason I did not set one example out is that have ran into this on several occasions and wanted a universal fix. But here is one: CTRL + Alt + Delete
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05 Apr 2017   #9
johnhoh

Win7 pro x64
 
 

If you create a batch file that contains just this line, when you then click on that batch file windows will think you pressed ctrl+shift+esc. (I could not get it to work with ctrl-alt-del)

nircmd sendkeypress Ctrl+shift+esc

you'll need nircmd in your path.. here are links for nircmd sendkey and sendkeypress

NirCmd Command Reference - sendkeypress

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/nircmd2.html

WinSendKeys is another tool, good for creating a batch file that opens a program and then sends keystrokes to the program.
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05 Apr 2017   #10
MourningStar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnhoh View Post
... (I could not get it to work with ctrl-alt-del) ...
try Ctrl+Alt+Delete
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