Friday, September 22, 2006 11:37 AM bart

Windows Vista and the Windows key - Running Quick Launch Items

I blogged about "Windows Vista and the Windows key" before. A few days ago I read the Windows Vista Secret #5: Running Quick Launch Items by Tim Sneath. Pretty cool stuff indeed. Tim mentions the following:

Do you have a few applications that you're always firing up? Would you like a system-wide keyboard shortcut to run them? Here's what you do. Simply add shortcuts to the Quick Launch toolbar, as shown in the screenshot below.

Now you can simply use Win+1, Win+2, Win+3 and so on to launch each application. For example, on my machine, Win+3 launches Notepad and Win+6 launches the VS command prompt. This works no matter what application has the focus.

More coolness coming your way soon, courtesy of Windows Vista!

However, there's a small caveat. What is 1, 2, 3? Especially on AZERTY.

So, let's start by telling you what it isn't on my Dell laptop. It is not Win-Fn-J,K,L (the J key contains the 1 of the numerical keyboard, K contains 2 and L contains 3). It isn't Win-Shift-&,é," either (the & is the regular character of the key containing the 1, é on 2 and " on 3).

So it is ... drums ... Win-&, Win-é, Win-", etc on my keyboard, as shown below:

Sure this is a great feature; no doubt on that. But when documented poorly for non-QWERTY users, people might get frustrated because calling it Win-1,2,3 is far too ameliorated due to keyboard layout. Or, there's some other solution too, fixing it in order to make it work with the numeric keyboard too (and/or the keys containing the numbers regardless of the SHIFT mask)!

Anyway, happy quicklaunching!

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