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Friday, October 05, 2007

How to create Custom Keyword Shortcuts in Windows easily?

With Microsoft Windows you can create shortcuts to documents, folders, and applications and place them on your desktop for easy access. But if you who want to avoid the mouse whenever possible, you can also launch these shortcuts using the Windows Run dialog box and a keyword you define.

Here’s how:

1. Create a folder for your keyword shortcuts (this is where you will drag and drop any newly created desktop-icon shortcuts). For example, my shortcuts are stored under C:\Documents and Settings\[Windows User ID]\My Documents\MyShortcuts .
2. Navigate to any program in the Start Menu (like Microsoft Word), right-click its icon and choose Send to Desktop (Create Shortcut).
3. Drag the new Microsoft Word shortcut from your desktop to the shortcuts folder you set up, rename the shortcut by selecting it, pressing F2, and typing wrd. Repeat steps 2–3 for any documents or folders you’d like to open via custom keywords .