finding current shortcut hot key mapping

Posted on 2003-03-11
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Last Modified: 2010-04-13
hello all,
I have mapped a couple of "ctrl-shift-<key>" combinations to shortcuts
on my desktop so I can launch them via the keyboard.  I created them
by "<right click>->properties" on the shortcut link and then entering
the key combination in the "shortcut keys" box.  The thing is that
windows 2000 does not seem to check to see if a particular key combo
has already been mapped.  Is there any way to see the currently
mapped key combinations other than just manually viewing the properties
on each shortcut?  ie is there any specific place in the registry
where I can find these mappings?  I am running win2K professional
on my laptop.

Question by:mcdunna77
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Author Comment

ID: 8116671
note: I am not looking to load an extra utility such as "winkeys.exe"  windows must store this info somewhere and that location is what I'm after.  thanks.

(had to post this as a comment since "edit question" link returned 'page not found')

Expert Comment

ID: 8118809
The hot-key settings are stored in the shortcuts. They're files and have nothing to do with the registry. Windows picks up any short-cut keys when the desktop icons are loaded.

Author Comment

ID: 8120488
I can't imagine that windows scans every shortcut on the desktop every time I press a key.  So they must be stored somewhere else once the icons are loaded.  The logical place would be the registry somewhere.  But I'm just guessing.  Where else would it store this info?   I'm trying to avoid having to manually look at each shortcut.
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Expert Comment

ID: 8120911
You have the answer - ain't it good enough?

Author Comment

ID: 8171957
found the answer myself:


Author Comment

ID: 8172000
(note to above answer:  you have to click on the key in the registry and hit "modify" in order to figure out which key combination is mapped to which file.  And it takes a bit of intelligence to suss out what the actual key mappings are, but this is where they are stored in the registry)

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