Save time and create simple custom keyboard shortcuts with Winkey or use Autohotkey to paste stock text into applications throughout Windows
Q Is there any way I can customise a keyboard shortcut so it inserts a text string (my address, say) into a number of running applications, such as Excel and Word? It would also be nice to have it available as soon as Windows has launched. Basically, I’m after something a bit like autofill or auto-complete that is able to work throughout Windows. Is this possible?
A Windows offers several operating system-wide keyboard shortcuts, such as holding down the Windows key and tapping E to launch Windows Explorer, but they can’t be customised.
There are applications that will enable custom actions to be assigned to shortcut keys (such as Winkey, which is free) but you want to achieve something that’s significantly more complicated – and for that you need a macro-recorder and playback program.
This would allow you to create scripts to do pretty much anything you want, from launching a bunch of favourite applications to pasting stock phrases into documents – all from a simple keyboard shortcut.
You can also use Autohotkey – a free program – to achieve just what you want. Watch out for a step-by-step article on this soon.
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