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Windows has always had plenty of cool shortcuts and tricks, and Windows 10 added a handful of new keyboard shortcuts 13 Nifty "Windows Key" Tricks You Should Know By Now 13 Nifty "Windows Key" Tricks You Should Know By Now The Windows Key can be used to do a lot of neat things. Here are the most useful shortcuts that you should already be using. Read More to make life even easier.

But did you know that you can define your own keyboard shortcuts? And that these shortcuts can launch any program or folder on your system? It’s an old but useful trick, and one that many people never learned.

It all starts with a program shortcut. In Windows 10, the easiest way to create a shortcut is to find the program in your Start Menu and drag it off, like this:

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Or you can navigate to the actual executable file on your system, right-click on it, and select Create Shortcut. This works in any version of Windows.

Once you have the shortcut ready, right-click on it and select Properties. Under the Shortcut tab, click inside the text field labeled as Shortcut Key. Press the key combination you want, then click Apply.

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Valid key combinations include:

  • Ctrl + Alt + [key] (default)
  • Ctrl + Shift + [key]
  • Ctrl + Shift + Alt + [key]

Did you know about this cool trick? Know of any other tricks that most people aren’t aware of? Please share them with us in the comments below!

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