You can assign the opening of any program or file, such as a document, audio clip or application, to a combination of keys on your keyboard. This can help to speed up any computer task and is ideally suited for those tasks that you need to perform frequently.
Step 1: Open the folder containing the file or program that you want to assign to a hot key.
Step 2: Right-click the file, drag it to the file, then click “Create Shortcuts Here.”
Step 3: Right-click the shortcut that you just created on the Desktop, then click “Properties.”
Step 4: Click inside the “Shortcut Key” field, then press any number or letter key on your keyboard. Windows 7 will automatically prefix the key you press with “Ctrl + Alt +”.
Step 6: Use your created shortcut keys to open the file.
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