How To Create Shortcuts To Open Any Application In Windows

Some applications are used every now and then. None of your laptop tours is completed without opening them at least once. Your most wanted application doesn’t have a shortcut on the desktop and you go through a lot of stages to open it. Ever thought of creating a shortcut on your keyboard for these regularly used programs to manage everything in a better way?

Every application has a shortcut to maximize your time for other important tasks by cutting down the third party interference. This easy and hassle-free techno tip will show the various methods to create shortcuts to open any application in Windows. Not only keyboard shortcut but we will also let you know how you can create a desktop shortcut for a program.

In addition to this, you don’t need to worry about any third-party application because the settings are available in each and every application present on your device.

Imagine, you are working on some document, immediately you desire to open some other application. Why minimize or stop that particular activity, simply press the shortcut keys and be efficient. Shorten your task time and be a smart worker.

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The methods mentioned here are largely the same for Windows 7, 8 and 10.

Create Keyboard Shortcuts In Windows To Open Any Application

Everything is clear and quite easy. Read the following points and you are there with your keyboard shortcut to the much-loved program on your PC:

1. Select the application for which you desire to make a shortcut for quick access. Example: Google Chrome, Microsoft Excel, Adobe Reader, and many others.

2. Right click on the application and select Properties.how to create keyboard shortcuts to open desktop programs

3. Under Shortcut tab look for the Shortcut key. Just below the Start In you will see this option. Click on it.

4. Hold Alt+Ctrl together and assign any numerical or alphabetical keys. Example: For Chrome browser press Alt+Ctrl+1 or any other number.

open a program with Keyboard shortcut on Windows
Keyboard Shortcut Key Assigned

5. Click Apply and then OK to confirm the settings.

You are good to go. Now if you press Alt+Ctrl+1, Google Chrome will open. Similarly, you can do this for any of your applications.

Note: The steps mentioned above will not work in the case of applications which are pre-installed on your device. But there are certainly other ways through which you can create shortcuts for pre-installed applications.

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Create Desktop Shortcuts On Windows

It is easy to access any application on your device if that application is simply on your desktop screen. Adding the application to your desktop screen is much easier than you think. All you need to do is just drag the application or file you want to appear on your desktop.

In case you find it difficult to locate the application that you need to add on your desktop then you can follow these simple steps.

1. Click on the search option available at the bottom of the screen and type “Command Prompt.”Search for Command Prompt

2. Next, right-click on “Command Prompt” and select “Run as Administrator” from the various available options.Run CMD

3. After that, type “explorer shell:appsfolder”.Show all programs - CMD command

4. With this, all the apps installed on your device will appear on the screen in the “Applications” folder.

5. Now you can easily look out for the application you want on your desktop screen.

6. Select the desired application and drag it to the desktop. Alternatively, you can simply right click on the application and click on “Create shortcut”.Create desktop shortcuts on Windows

And the application will automatically appear on your desktop screen. 

Note: In Windows 7, the individual app folders will open. So, you need to click on the desired program folder and then find the app icon to create its shortcut.

Keeping Applications Handy By Adding Them To The Taskbar

Convenience can be further increased by simply adding the frequently used applications to the taskbar. Adding the applications to the taskbar is really easy and can be done in no time.

You can do so by dragging and dropping the desired application to the taskbar. The application can also be added to the taskbar by right-clicking on that application and selecting the “Pin to taskbar” option from the menu.Add programs to Taskbar Windows

The programs added to the taskbar can also be used without using the mouse. You can simply press the Windows button present on the keyboard along with the number key at which that application counts on the taskbar.

For example, if Skype appears on the sixth number on the taskbar then it can be easily opened by pressing the Windows button along with 6.

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Wrapping Up

Enjoy the shortcuts mentioned above by avoiding the cliché methods of using technology. Now go ahead, implement the knowledge gained above and create keyboard or Desktop shortcuts for the applications you cherish the most and effortlessly access them on your Windows PC. Be quick, be smart and unfold the lesser known tech secrets.

Daksh Chaudhary
Daksh is an ardent blogger, introvert and a tech enthusiast who is keen about gadgets and technology, and maybe he can contaminate you by sharing the same vibes.

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