Bill Gates once said – ” I will hire a person that’s lazy to do my work, because he’ll find an easy way to do it.”
A lazy person will always be thinking of shortcuts to get his work done faster and easier. So, it may be the same case with you while dealing with your computer. Well, that doesn’t mean you need to be lazy to get your work done faster.
It’s necessary to be productive and work faster in today’s world. So, the only way to be productive with your PC is using shortcut keys. That’s actually what I’m going to show you in this how-to guide.
Basic PC control Shortcuts
Custom PC control Shortcuts
Muting the Volume
Hide Desktop Icons
Many times your desktop may get loaded up with lots of icons. You just don’t want to remove them instead just hide them. Because, sometimes it’s useful having icons on desktop directly. So, better to create a shortcut for hiding desktop icons and show it up when you want. The toggling method. Create shortcut key to Turn On or Off the desktop Icons.
Eject USB Drive
Using Application Launcher
You can also make use of an application launcher like launchy(which i use) and execute. You can also find more application launchers. It’s just really handy to just type in your desired application and press enter. You can also create a shortcut to that application launcher.
This is the most advanced and easy method to created shortcuts as compared to what you read before. AutoHotKey is a scripting language that helps you automate any command and create hotkeys. I don’t wanna go deep of what more can you do with it. But, as per our topic I’ll guide you to create basic shortcuts and automate some of the application that you use daily. You need not to be a programmer to learn it. It’s pretty easy.So, first of all download autohotkey. Installation will take few seconds. After installation create a folder on your desktop named “AHK Scripts” (or anything you wish) for storing all your scripts at one place. Or you can also create a folder in C drive to keep your desktop clean.
Next just right-click in the empty space of the created folder, hover over to new and then to autohotkey script. That’ll create your new .ahk script.
So, now into your first script, let’s create a shortcut to open chrome. Here’s the script:
#c::Run C:Documents and SettingsABCLocal SettingsApplication DataGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe
Now let’s break that down. The “#” represents windows key and after that “c”. Means win key + c. After that is the location of the chrome application. “Run” command is needed to tell the computer to run the specific application. So chrome will open when you press “winkey + c”. The two colon sign ( :: ) represent “equals to” ( = ).
As # stands for windows key, ” ^ ” stands for Control and ” ! ” stands for alter key. You can also run a website. Like this:
So, when you press alt+a our site will open up. So, in basics you’ve learnd opening any website and application. Now let’s play with the text.
Short form Text
You can also abbreviate letters or create short forms for full sentences. Like for example paste this code:
::asm:: I feel awesome.
Here, as you write “asm” anywhere in your PC, those letter will automatically get replaced with “I feel awesome.” (You need to press Space or Enter) This can really be helpful while writing emails or chatting with someone. That can make you more productive while writing.
Note : You can add as many abbreviates you wanna create (a new line for each). After saving the script you’ll need to reload the script. You can do that by right-clicking on the H icon in the system tray and Reload script.
Well, I don’t wanna teach you everything in this guide about autohotkey. But, will create a separate guide for that, which will contain all popular scripts. For now, I just wanted to show you what Autohotkey can do. At last, the info-graphic.