Hotkey for Start > Run command

Posted on 2006-04-19
Last Modified: 2008-02-01

Is it possible to assign a hotkey to invoke Windows Start > Run window?

Thanks, Anar.
Question by:dctengineer
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    <windows key><R>
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    You can also create a shortcut to it
    You can access the Run dialog box by clicking the Start button and then clicking Run, or by pressing Windows>R. The only problem is that both of these methods require two steps to open the Run dialog box. Wouldn't it be nice if you could access the Run dialog box with a single click?

    You can create a shortcut to the Run command. Simply select the Run command on the Start menu, and drag it to the Quick Launch toolbar. The new shortcut uses the same icon, so it's easy to identify.

    However, the shortcut's name will be &Run. . ., which you'll see in a popup when you hover your mouse pointer over the shortcut. These extra characters come from the Start menu command configuration.

    In this case, the ampersand character signifies that the R is underlined and acts as the hotkey. The ellipsis signifies that accessing the Run command from the Start menu opens a secondary dialog box.

    You can rename the shortcut to something more appropriate, such as Run Command, by right-clicking the shortcut and selecting Rename.

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    List of the keyboard shortcuts that are available in Windows XP;en-us;301583
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    The following is from Windows help and is exactly what you require.  After configuring simply reboot and the key combo will work fine:

    To specify shortcut keys for specific programs
    Before beginning this procedure, please refer to the documentation that came with the program to verify a shortcut was installed.

    Open My Computer.
    Locate the program file (.exe) or the program's shortcut icon. Right-click the program file or shortcut, and then click Properties.
    Click the Program tab for an MS-DOS program or the Shortcut tab for a Windows program.
    With the cursor in the Shortcut key box, select the keyboard key you want to use in combination with CTRL+ALT. Shortcut keys automatically start with CTRL+ALT. The Shortcut key box will display None until you select the key and then the box will display Ctrl+Alt+the key you selected. You cannot use the ESC, ENTER, TAB, SPACEBAR, PRINT SCREEN, SHIFT, or BACKSPACE keys.

    To open My Computer, double-click the My Computer icon on the desktop.
    Once you assign a shortcut key combination for a specific program, you will not be able to use that key combination with other programs. For a list of shortcut keys used by this version of Windows, click Related Topics.
    If you forget the key combination for your shortcut, you can follow steps 2 through 3 and review your shortcut keys.
    Using shortcut keys to open programs can often be simpler than opening programs using a pointing device, especially when working on portable computers.

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