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How do I create a desktop shortcut to execute a key combination?

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Hi all this is my first of what I am sure will be many posts.

My wife is visually impaired and has trouble sometimes finding shortcut keys (main example alt+f5). I was hoping there is some software or a way I can create a desktop icon that will execute a comand like that? I see the opposite is very easy, to assign hotkeys to a shortcut, but not the other way round... any help? Thanks in advance
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Would help if we knew just what kinds of shortcuts> what do they need to do?
Is this for Windows XP or...what version of Windows?

Open documents, games, websites, folders, programs, or......?

This looks good!


[webquote=]Size. Main window is just 350 pixels (width and height). Even with Mayk active, you can still see large portion of the screen. When inactive, Mayk takes less that 1 MB of memory.

Shortcuts for everything. Mayk can create shortcuts for folders, files and internet links (URLs). It also has special kind of shortcut, group shortcut, which allows you to put references to more than one file. It is very useful when working on a project that requires you to have open various applications. Now you can have Mayk open all of those applications (and documents, folders, URLs) with just one shortcut, with a single click on the button.

Visual and textual shortcuts. Mayk can hold references for 54 visual shortcuts and almost unlimited number of text shortcuts. Visual shortcuts reside on buttons, defined by file (folder etc) icon and a label. Textual shortcuts are made of plain text and are placed in command box. They can be launched by typing text in command box, or by finding them in this drop-down list.

6 adjustable tabs, 54 visual shortcuts. Mayk holds visual shortcuts (button shortcuts) divided in six tabs. Clicking on any of the tabs shows nine other buttons. This makes easy to make groups of shortcuts for similar files. If you are building a web site, label a tab 'Sites'; in that tab you can put shortcuts for HTML editor, text editor, image editor and browser.

4 different ways for creating shortcuts. Beside its support for drag and drop (which means you can grab a file from your Desktop or file manager and drop it on Mayk's button to create shortcut for it), it can also make a shortcut of file that is copied on the clipboard (as a file from file manager or as text). You have opened application and want to make a shortcut for it in Mayk? Piece of cake! Right-click any of Mayk's buttons and look in 'Select from active' item list. You'll see the application you want - click on its name and the job is done!

Easily accessible. When you click on Mayk's close button, it disappears from the screen. But it is not closed (unless you instruct it to close in preferences); it moves to edge of the screen, staying on top of all windows as thin line. When you want it to appear again, just hover that thin line and Mayk will pop up on the center of the screen. You can define which border of the screen Mayk will await your call.

Mayk can run on following operating systems: Windows 98, 2000 and XP (both service packs).

See Mayk tutorial on-line.[/webquote]

The tutorial for Mayk is down past the Download area.

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Yes there is software that can make shortcuts on screen mapped to/from Hot keys> You would have to set
it up for her most likely.

That one is shareware, not expensive but not fre...I am still looking and will post what I find so check for new info by Refreshing the page or just close and open TSG and come back to your thread, that always displays the newest version of the thread....

How about Desktop Macros?

[webquote=] Software for automating computing tasks.
Desktop Macros is a utility that records all mouse and keyboard events such as key presses, mouse movements and clicks. The recorded macro files can subsequently be played back as many times as you wish.

With Desktop Macros you can:
Record all mouse movements and clicks.
Record all keystrokes.
Play back recorded mouse and keyboard actions.
Launch and play back macros by pressing hotkeys.
Create macro shortcuts on your desktop.
Get free lifetime updates.

File size: 1.1M Only US $19.99
Immediate online delivery

Fully functional 15-days trial

This also looks very good:

[webquote=] Accessor.Launchbar description

(30-day trial period for free. $14.95 to purchase.)
Accessor.Launchbar is a toolbar that is used to quickly launch programs, open files and Internet URLs with one mouse click on the screen. Using Accessor.Launchbar, you will have to look neither for the necessary shortcut in the "Programs" menu trying to launch a program nor through the "My documents" folder in search for the necessary file. Just add an icon for a program, a document file or an Internet URL to a panel in Accessor.Launchbar and you will be able to open them quickly and save your time and efforts.

Accessor.Launchbarcan have any number of panels with buttons. If it turns out that you have too many buttons, you can distribute them among different panels the way you like it and select the panel you need at the moment using a special panel selection button. For instance, create one panel for programs, another one for documents, a third one for web addresses, a forth one for the most frequently needed folders, etc. Or do it in any other way you like!

Accessor.Launchbaris more comfortable than standard Quick Launch! Quick Launch takes much space on the Windows taskbar. Quick Launch has only one panel and if you create another panel it will also occupy space!

Accessor.Launchbar also has a built-in clock showing the current time and date and makes it possible to open the calendar for a month. You can configure the time and date format the way you like it.

You can customize the overall background color of the program, as well as the background color, the font type and the color of the clock. The toolbar can be "docked" to any side of the screen.

Accessor.Launchbar contains the detailed help describing how to work with the program.[/webquote]
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Hi, Might take a look at some of the others too, they could make life a lot easier for you!

Glad you found it worked OK. :up:
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