Open a .PNG file from Windows Explorer using only keyboard shortcuts
Posted on 2013-01-23
Suppose you have Windows Explorer open and you want to open a certain .png file in the application, Paint — but do it only with keyboard shortcuts (i.e. not using the mouse). Is that possible? If so, what are the steps?
Obviously a file can be opened in a specific application such as Paint by right clicking the file in Windows Explorer, selecting "Open with" and then selecting Paint. However, I'm trying to do it without clicking.
Suppose the file directory (file address), including the filename, is saved to the clipboard. After activating Windows Explorer, I know that the address bar can be selected with the keyboard shortcut: Shift+F10. Then the file directory can be pasted by the keyboard shortcut: Ctrl+v. However, what's the next step after that?
If I press the Enter key, then file is immediately opened in Windows Photo Viewer. However, pressing any other key (e.g. Tab) causes the the address bar to revert back to the directory that was present before pasting the new file directory.
Essentially, I'm looking for a way to select a particular file in Windows Explorer. Once that's done, the process can be completed by using the following shortcuts:
• Alt+h (selects "Open with")
• P (selects Paint)
Thanks a bunch.