Ask the Readers: Single Key Shortcuts
Welcome to this new column that will greatly depend on the comments of each and everyone of you. I try to address problems, questions or uncertainties in this series that can be discussed and hopefully solved in the end. This time I'd like to ask a question about keyboard shortcuts.
I know that I can create keyboard shortcuts in Windows using program shortcuts. The problem that I have with this solution is that I have to use a key plus at least two of the following three keys: Shift, Alt or Ctrl.
I performed some tests on keyboard shortcut managers that would allow me to set keyboard shortcuts more easily. They all had the same restrictions though. What I wanted was a way to add a shortcut to a single key, say the keys F6 to F12 without running a program in the background all the time.
I discovered key demon which would add this functionality to the F6-F12 keys but only if it was running in the background. The second limitation of Key Demon was that it only made available keyboard shortcuts for those seven keys and no other key in Windows, say the Caps Lock key.
Is there a way to set permanent keyboard shortcuts to single keys? What's the best general keyword managing software anyway?
Update: The program Hotkeyz can do that as suggested in the comments.
It is a free program for Windows that enables you to select any key as a hotkey. Click on New in the program interface to add a new hotkey to Windows. Select click and define the command that you want the shortcut to run, e.g. open a folder, file or program on your system. Click the hotkey form and tap on the key you want to assign to that command.
Update: The Hotkeyz website is no longer available. We have uploaded the latest release version of the application to our own download server. Note that we don't support the program in any way, and have done so only for archiving purposes.
You can download the program with a click on the following link: HotkeyzAdvertisement