Tip 12 – Simple, secret Windows tips and tricks

DIY keyboard shortcutsWindows has a ton of keyboard shortcuts baked right in, but you can roll your own to open the software of your choice lickety-split—no mouse-clicking or launcher-hunting required.Right-click the program’s launch icon and select Properties. Open the Shortcut tab, then click in the “Shortcut key” field and press the key you want to use to launch the program. Windows will assign Ctrl + Alt + as a keyboard shortcut to open the program. It’s a seriously useful trick, especially if you don’t want to stuff your taskbar full of quick-launch program icons. Don’t forget to click OK when you’re done to save the shortcut.