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I have placed a link to cmd.exe in my quicklaunch bar.  Inside its properties I set the shortcut key to F9.  This way all I have to do to open a new dos window is hit F9.  The problem I have is when I want to open another one.  If I hit F9 again, the existing window is simply brought to the foreground.  I have to actually click on the icon to open a second (and third etc) dos window.  How do I change it so every time I hit F9 it opens a new window?

-Pascal
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Wish I could explain why, but I've had this problem before and I've just managed to recreate the 'fix' again on two seperate machines...
Call it MS quirkiness...

Delete your existing shortcut and reboot.

1) Right-click the desktop and choose New Shortcut
2) in the location box, type %comspec% <Next>
3) leave the default name (or change it if desired) <Finish>
4) Right-click the shortcut and choose properties
5) Assign the shortcut key F9 <Apply> <OK>
6) With the shortcut selected, hold SHIFT and hit DEL to permanently delete the shortcut
7) Repeat steps 1-4
8) Now you should find that if you try to assign this one a shortcut key of F9, that a CMD window will open.
   Click <OK> to come back out of this window.  You should be able to click F9 and receive multiple windows.

Let me know if it works for you...
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