Start Menu assigned hotkeys?

  • Peabody

    Peabody - 2012-09-23

    Up through XP, there was an undocumented feature which let you assign a hotkey
    to a particular Start Menu pinned entry. If the name of the shortcut began
    with a letter, and was followed by TWO spaces, and then by the actual name of
    the item, you could execute the shortcut from within the Start Menu just by
    entering that letter. So for example if a pinned item had the name "x
    WinExplorer", you could hit the Windows key to open the Start Menu, then hit
    the x key, and Explorer would open. No need to hit Enter. No need to click the
    mouse on anything.

    I tried doing this on a friend's Win 7 computer, and it no longer works. So I
    wondered if the hotkey feature has been restored with Classic Shell. It really
    is convenient. On my XP machine, I have three entries for Windows Explorer,
    each set to open with a different drive or folder expanded. And since the
    hotkeys only work within the Start Menu, you can just use a single letter - no
    need for ALT, CTL, etc.

    If not in Classic Shell, if anyone knows of another way to assign hotkeys that
    work ONLY within the Win 7 Start Menu, I'd like to know about it.

  • Ivo Beltchev

    Ivo Beltchev - 2012-09-23

    Keys no longer work in the Win7 start menu for multiple reasons.
    First, there's the search box. It is focused by default and steals all keys.
    Even without the search box, pressing a key only selects the menu item and
    doesn't execute it. This is because the item may have a jumplist. So you have
    to press key+Enter to execute or key+Right to open the jumplist.


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