You have Hot Launch keys and don't know it

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  1. sharpuser

    sharpuser Super Moderator Staff Member

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    My Device:
    Surface Book
    Check out the bottom-left of my Surface Pro 3 desktop, on the Taskbar.
    Icons there are the File Explorer, Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Internet Explorer, OneNote, and "Send to OneNote".

    To launch one of these programs, I can touch the icon, click on the icon, or press the WindowsKey+[icon number]. This works even if I am not on the desktop, or am working in some other app, such as reading a Kindle book, or browsing the Web. In other words, you already have universal hot keys to launch apps.

    For example, if I want to jump to my email (via Outlook for me) directly while reading a Kindle Book, I can press WindowsKey+2 All I need to remember is the order of where I like to place that icon.

    From my partial screenshot shown, I can:
    Press WindowsKey+1 to launch File Explorer
    Press WindowsKey+2 to launch Outlook
    Press WindowsKey+3 to launch Word
    Press WindowsKey+4 to launch PowerPoint
    Press WindowsKey+5 to launch Excel
    Press WindowsKey+6 to launch Internet Explorer
    Press WindowsKey+7 to launch OneNote
    Press WindowsKey+8 to launch Send to OneNote

    By the way, I use Start8 by Stardock for my Start menu, shown in the second partial screenshot, which has nothing to do with the tip above. You already have that! Try it.

    Note: This has been around for some previous Windows versions, but is particularly useful with Windows 8 and later, since it has different modes in addition to Desktop.


    Last edited: Aug 7, 2014
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