For a computer geek, it’s absolutely important to work with the keyboard much of the time and use the mouse only when needed. And opening your favorite programs with a nifty little shortcut key is the best way to work efficiently. Computer geeks should always have some kind of keyboard shortcut key assigned to their favorite programs which they use frequently. I am presenting here a few softwares which can help in assigning and maintaining the global keyboard shortcuts that we can use to open programs.
1- Keyboard Tweaker
Keyboard Tweaker is a Hotkeys manager and I like it because of its ability to assign a large no. of hotkeys to a large no. of programs. It transforms a normal keyboard with 101/102 keys into a multimedia keyboard using the hotkeys. The program sets some combinations to the keyboard keys for a function.
Homepage: Keyboard Tweaker
Download: Keyboard Tweaker
Clavier allows to create keyboard shortcuts using almost any keys, including the Windows key (around the Space key).
The created shortcuts can be associated to programs (to launch) or text (to write). Bored to write your E-mail address? Create a universal keyboard shortcut to write it: it will work under Word, Excel, and your favorite Internet browser!
HoeKey lets you assign most keys on your keyboard to many different actions. You set this up in a config file.
To get started, run HoeKey, push Win-Q, click Edit Config.
This file is formatted like:
Key=Function|Option1|Option2|Option3|Option4|Option5 ; Description
Key can be any/all of:
~ = Windows key
_ = Shift key
^ = Control key
@ = Alt key
And then a keyboard key, like W (~W = windows-w, ^_G = ctrl-shift-g), or a special/multimedia key, like F1 or Pause
Download: HoeKey Installer | HoeKey Zip File
4 – Shortcuts Map
Shortcuts Map will help you to manage hotkeys assigned to Windows shortcuts on the desktop or in the Start menu hierarchy. With the straightforward user interface, you can easily to change a hotkey or find an unused hotkey.
Homepage: Shortcuts Map
Download: Shortcuts Map
ActiveHotkeys detects what global keyboard shortcuts (hotkeys) are currently registered on the computer by various applications. This helps you determine which hotkeys are in use, and which are still available.