Assign Keyboard Shortcuts to Any Program in Windows 7

Last Updated Jul 30, 2009 11:16 PM EDT

Windows 7 seems to have an endless number of ways to easily launch your most common programs. Not only can you pin apps to the Start menu, for example, but there's the ability to pin to the Task bar. Or you can just type in the Start menu to conjure up the app. Well, it turns out that you can assign a keyboard shortcut to your favorite apps as well.

Just right click a program icon (or its entry in the Start menu) and choose Properties. On the Shortcut tab, click in the Shortcut key field and enter your shortcut of choice. That's all there is to it.

Don't know where the program icon is located on your labyrinthine hard drive? Don't forget that you can just use the search box in the Start menu to get the app to appear, and then right click it to get to the Properties dialog.

Want to explore some more goodies in your test build of Windows 7 on this hot, lazy Friday? We've got a veritable clown's bounty of other Windows 7 tips, too: