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Cannot get shortcut keys working on batch files

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Terry Pinnell, May 8, 2010.

  1. Terry Pinnell

    Terry Pinnell Flightless Bird

    On this XP Pro (SP2) PC I cannot get any shortcut keys to work on the
    shortcuts made from any batch file.

    For example, Test-01.bat contains this

    @echo off
    pause

    I assigned it the shortcut <Ctl+Alt+3> (or any keys) as shown here

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4019461/BatchProblem.jpg

    But it doesn't run when I use the keys.

    It runs fine if I d-click either the original batch file or its shortcut.

    No difference after a reboot.

    I installed a little program called Shortcut Key Explorer v1 01 by RJL
    Software from http://www.rjlsoftware.com/software/utility/shortcutkeys/
    which lists all the keyboard shortcuts in use. It found the couple I've
    successfully installed, such as a test with Calculator. But for the test
    batch file, even though it's shown as having ctl-alt-3 assigned in
    the Properties, the Shortcutkeys list doesn't include it.

    Very frustrating!

    Anyone have any ideas please?

    --
    Terry, East Grinstead, UK
     
  2. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "Terry Pinnell" <terrypinDELETE@THESEdial.pipex.com> wrote in message
    news:2vbau5lh4get4jelqe8f0t7d0b21pag5ab@4ax.com...
    > On this XP Pro (SP2) PC I cannot get any shortcut keys to work on the
    > shortcuts made from any batch file.
    >
    > For example, Test-01.bat contains this
    >
    > @echo off
    > pause
    >
    > I assigned it the shortcut <Ctl+Alt+3> (or any keys) as shown here
    >
    > http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4019461/BatchProblem.jpg
    >
    > But it doesn't run when I use the keys.
    >
    > It runs fine if I d-click either the original batch file or its shortcut.
    >
    > No difference after a reboot.
    >
    > I installed a little program called Shortcut Key Explorer v1 01 by RJL
    > Software from http://www.rjlsoftware.com/software/utility/shortcutkeys/
    > which lists all the keyboard shortcuts in use. It found the couple I've
    > successfully installed, such as a test with Calculator. But for the test
    > batch file, even though it's shown as having ctl-alt-3 assigned in
    > the Properties, the Shortcutkeys list doesn't include it.
    >
    > Very frustrating!
    >
    > Anyone have any ideas please?
    >
    > --
    > Terry, East Grinstead, UK


    Perhaps you need to invoke your batch file like so in the shortcut:
    cmd /c "c:/Tools\MyBatchfile.bat

    About the list of current shortcuts: Try the following.
    1. Copy and paste the code below into c:/Windows\ShortcutKeys.vbs
    2. Double-click it. It will scan each and every shortcut you have and report
    if there is a shortcut key combination.
    3. Report the result.

    aKeys = Split("Ctrl+Shift,"",Alt+Shift,Alt+Ctrl", ",")
    Set oWshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
    Set oFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
    sList = "\Links.txt"
    sProfiles = oWshShell.ExpandEnvironmentStrings("%UserProfile%\..")
    sTemp = oWshShell.ExpandEnvironmentStrings("%Temp%")
    oWshShell.Run "cmd.exe /u /c dir /s /a /b """ & sProfiles & "\*.lnk"" > """
    _
    & sTemp & sList & "", 0, True 'Use Unicode for non-ASCII file names

    Set oList = oFSO.OpenTextFile(sTemp & sList, 1, False, -1) 'Read the names
    in Unicode format
    aLinks = Split(oList.ReadAll, VbCrLf)
    oList.Close
    oFSO.DeleteFile (sTemp & sList)

    iCount = 0
    For Each sName In (aLinks)
    If sName <> "" Then
    iCount = iCount + 1
    sString = oFSO.OpenTextFile(sName).Read(70)
    cKey = Mid(sString, 66, 1) 'The bytes are read in reverse order . . .
    Letter = Mid(sString, 65, 1)
    If cKey <> Chr(0) Then MsgBox aKeys(Asc(cKey)-3) & "+" & Letter & " " &
    sName, vbOK, "Link file keyboard shortcuts"
    End If
    Next
     
  3. dadiOH

    dadiOH Flightless Bird

    Terry Pinnell wrote:
    > On this XP Pro (SP2) PC I cannot get any shortcut keys to work on the
    > shortcuts made from any batch file.
    >
    > For example, Test-01.bat contains this
    >
    > @echo off
    > pause
    >
    > I assigned it the shortcut <Ctl+Alt+3> (or any keys) as shown here
    >
    > http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4019461/BatchProblem.jpg
    >
    > But it doesn't run when I use the keys.
    >
    > It runs fine if I d-click either the original batch file or its
    > shortcut.
    >
    > No difference after a reboot.
    >
    > I installed a little program called Shortcut Key Explorer v1 01 by RJL
    > Software from
    > http://www.rjlsoftware.com/software/utility/shortcutkeys/ which lists
    > all the keyboard shortcuts in use. It found the couple I've
    > successfully installed, such as a test with Calculator. But for the
    > test batch file, even though it's shown as having ctl-alt-3 assigned
    > in
    > the Properties, the Shortcutkeys list doesn't include it.
    >
    > Very frustrating!
    >
    > Anyone have any ideas please?


    Don't know about your specific problem but normally shortcuts being invoked
    via a keyboard combo have to be in either the desktop or Start/Programs. Try
    moving the shortcut to one of those.

    --

    dadiOH
    ____________________________

    dadiOH's dandies v3.06...
    ....a help file of info about MP3s, recording from
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    Get it at http://mysite.verizon.net/xico
     
  4. Terry Pinnell

    Terry Pinnell Flightless Bird

    "Pegasus [MVP]" <news@microsoft.com> wrote:

    >
    >
    >"Terry Pinnell" <terrypinDELETE@THESEdial.pipex.com> wrote in message
    >news:2vbau5lh4get4jelqe8f0t7d0b21pag5ab@4ax.com...
    >> On this XP Pro (SP2) PC I cannot get any shortcut keys to work on the
    >> shortcuts made from any batch file.
    >>
    >> For example, Test-01.bat contains this
    >>
    >> @echo off
    >> pause
    >>
    >> I assigned it the shortcut <Ctl+Alt+3> (or any keys) as shown here
    >>
    >> http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4019461/BatchProblem.jpg
    >>
    >> But it doesn't run when I use the keys.
    >>
    >> It runs fine if I d-click either the original batch file or its shortcut.
    >>
    >> No difference after a reboot.
    >>
    >> I installed a little program called Shortcut Key Explorer v1 01 by RJL
    >> Software from http://www.rjlsoftware.com/software/utility/shortcutkeys/
    >> which lists all the keyboard shortcuts in use. It found the couple I've
    >> successfully installed, such as a test with Calculator. But for the test
    >> batch file, even though it's shown as having ctl-alt-3 assigned in
    >> the Properties, the Shortcutkeys list doesn't include it.
    >>
    >> Very frustrating!
    >>
    >> Anyone have any ideas please?
    >>
    >> --
    >> Terry, East Grinstead, UK

    >
    >Perhaps you need to invoke your batch file like so in the shortcut:
    >cmd /c "c:/Tools\MyBatchfile.bat


    Thanks Pegasus, but that still didn't fix it. See also my reply to dadiOH.

    >About the list of current shortcuts: Try the following.
    >1. Copy and paste the code below into c:/Windows\ShortcutKeys.vbs
    >2. Double-click it. It will scan each and every shortcut you have and report
    >if there is a shortcut key combination.
    >3. Report the result.
    >
    >aKeys = Split("Ctrl+Shift,"",Alt+Shift,Alt+Ctrl", ",")
    >Set oWshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
    >Set oFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
    >sList = "\Links.txt"
    >sProfiles = oWshShell.ExpandEnvironmentStrings("%UserProfile%\..")
    >sTemp = oWshShell.ExpandEnvironmentStrings("%Temp%")
    >oWshShell.Run "cmd.exe /u /c dir /s /a /b """ & sProfiles & "\*.lnk"" > """
    >_
    > & sTemp & sList & "", 0, True 'Use Unicode for non-ASCII file names
    >
    >Set oList = oFSO.OpenTextFile(sTemp & sList, 1, False, -1) 'Read the names
    >in Unicode format
    >aLinks = Split(oList.ReadAll, VbCrLf)
    >oList.Close
    >oFSO.DeleteFile (sTemp & sList)
    >
    >iCount = 0
    >For Each sName In (aLinks)
    > If sName <> "" Then
    > iCount = iCount + 1
    > sString = oFSO.OpenTextFile(sName).Read(70)
    > cKey = Mid(sString, 66, 1) 'The bytes are read in reverse order . . .
    > Letter = Mid(sString, 65, 1)
    > If cKey <> Chr(0) Then MsgBox aKeys(Asc(cKey)-3) & "+" & Letter & " " &
    >sName, vbOK, "Link file keyboard shortcuts"
    > End If
    >Next
    >


    Running it gave me an error message titled Windows Script Host:

    Script: C:/WINDOWS\ShortcutKeys.vbs
    Line: 9
    Char: 3
    Error: Expected statement
    Code: 800A0400
    Source: Microsoft VBScript compilation error

    Running the utility I mentioned (of the same name) seems to do the job of
    identifying valid (i.e. working) keyboard shortcuts however.

    --
    Terry, East Grinstead, UK
     
  5. Terry Pinnell

    Terry Pinnell Flightless Bird

    "dadiOH" <dadiOH@invalid.com> wrote:

    >Terry Pinnell wrote:
    >> On this XP Pro (SP2) PC I cannot get any shortcut keys to work on the
    >> shortcuts made from any batch file.
    >>
    >> For example, Test-01.bat contains this
    >>
    >> @echo off
    >> pause
    >>
    >> I assigned it the shortcut <Ctl+Alt+3> (or any keys) as shown here
    >>
    >> http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4019461/BatchProblem.jpg
    >>
    >> But it doesn't run when I use the keys.
    >>
    >> It runs fine if I d-click either the original batch file or its
    >> shortcut.
    >>
    >> No difference after a reboot.
    >>
    >> I installed a little program called Shortcut Key Explorer v1 01 by RJL
    >> Software from
    >> http://www.rjlsoftware.com/software/utility/shortcutkeys/ which lists
    >> all the keyboard shortcuts in use. It found the couple I've
    >> successfully installed, such as a test with Calculator. But for the
    >> test batch file, even though it's shown as having ctl-alt-3 assigned
    >> in
    >> the Properties, the Shortcutkeys list doesn't include it.
    >>
    >> Very frustrating!
    >>
    >> Anyone have any ideas please?

    >
    >Don't know about your specific problem but normally shortcuts being invoked
    >via a keyboard combo have to be in either the desktop or Start/Programs. Try
    >moving the shortcut to one of those.


    Thanks dadiOH, that's a breakthrough.

    I was using a simple batch file for testing:

    Test-01.bat
    -----------
    @echo off
    pause

    But it would not run from a keyboard shortcut. After moving the shortcuts
    from C:/Batch to C:/Documents and Settings\All Users\Start
    Menu\Programs\Batch as you suggested, it now does - EVENTUALLY.

    It is taking some 20 seconds to run any shortcut with a keyboard shortcut!
    This applies to ALL the shortcuts I've tried, not just those to batch files.
    For example, shortcuts to Notepad, Calculator, etc. Yet all run immediately
    if I d-click the shortcut instead of using the keyboard.

    Any idea what on earth can be happening to take 20 seconds or so?!

    I'll reboot after posting this to see if that makes any difference.

    --
    Terry, East Grinstead, UK
     
  6. Terry Pinnell

    Terry Pinnell Flightless Bird

    Terry Pinnell <terrypinDELETE@THESEdial.pipex.com> wrote:


    >Thanks dadiOH, that's a breakthrough.
    >
    >I was using a simple batch file for testing:
    >
    >Test-01.bat
    >-----------
    >@echo off
    >pause
    >
    >But it would not run from a keyboard shortcut. After moving the shortcuts
    >from C:/Batch to C:/Documents and Settings\All Users\Start
    >Menu\Programs\Batch as you suggested, it now does - EVENTUALLY.
    >
    >It is taking some 20 seconds to run any shortcut with a keyboard shortcut!
    >This applies to ALL the shortcuts I've tried, not just those to batch files.
    >For example, shortcuts to Notepad, Calculator, etc. Yet all run immediately
    >if I d-click the shortcut instead of using the keyboard.
    >
    >Any idea what on earth can be happening to take 20 seconds or so?!
    >
    >I'll reboot after posting this to see if that makes any difference.


    Rebooting didn't solve it.

    Another odd thing is that if I try again some 10 minutes later, say with the
    Notepad shortcut activated by ctl-alt-5, the first attempt brings up the
    program immediately. All subsequent attempts take 20 secs or so, until after
    another long wait when I get just the single correct result again.

    Weird ...

    --
    Terry, East Grinstead, UK
     
  7. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "Terry Pinnell" <terrypinDELETE@THESEdial.pipex.com> wrote in message
    news:2qhau5545sn1m07i8fgeq0q9cetvfvk3ha@4ax.com...
    > "Pegasus [MVP]" <news@microsoft.com> wrote:
    >
    >>
    >>
    >>"Terry Pinnell" <terrypinDELETE@THESEdial.pipex.com> wrote in message
    >>news:2vbau5lh4get4jelqe8f0t7d0b21pag5ab@4ax.com...
    >>> On this XP Pro (SP2) PC I cannot get any shortcut keys to work on the
    >>> shortcuts made from any batch file.
    >>>
    >>> For example, Test-01.bat contains this
    >>>
    >>> @echo off
    >>> pause
    >>>
    >>> I assigned it the shortcut <Ctl+Alt+3> (or any keys) as shown here
    >>>
    >>> http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4019461/BatchProblem.jpg
    >>>
    >>> But it doesn't run when I use the keys.
    >>>
    >>> It runs fine if I d-click either the original batch file or its
    >>> shortcut.
    >>>
    >>> No difference after a reboot.
    >>>
    >>> I installed a little program called Shortcut Key Explorer v1 01 by RJL
    >>> Software from http://www.rjlsoftware.com/software/utility/shortcutkeys/
    >>> which lists all the keyboard shortcuts in use. It found the couple I've
    >>> successfully installed, such as a test with Calculator. But for the test
    >>> batch file, even though it's shown as having ctl-alt-3 assigned in
    >>> the Properties, the Shortcutkeys list doesn't include it.
    >>>
    >>> Very frustrating!
    >>>
    >>> Anyone have any ideas please?
    >>>
    >>> --
    >>> Terry, East Grinstead, UK

    >>
    >>Perhaps you need to invoke your batch file like so in the shortcut:
    >>cmd /c "c:/Tools\MyBatchfile.bat

    >
    > Thanks Pegasus, but that still didn't fix it. See also my reply to dadiOH.
    >
    >>About the list of current shortcuts: Try the following.
    >>1. Copy and paste the code below into c:/Windows\ShortcutKeys.vbs
    >>2. Double-click it. It will scan each and every shortcut you have and
    >>report
    >>if there is a shortcut key combination.
    >>3. Report the result.
    >>
    >>aKeys = Split("Ctrl+Shift,"",Alt+Shift,Alt+Ctrl", ",")
    >>Set oWshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
    >>Set oFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
    >>sList = "\Links.txt"
    >>sProfiles = oWshShell.ExpandEnvironmentStrings("%UserProfile%\..")
    >>sTemp = oWshShell.ExpandEnvironmentStrings("%Temp%")
    >>oWshShell.Run "cmd.exe /u /c dir /s /a /b """ & sProfiles & "\*.lnk"" >
    >>"""
    >>_
    >> & sTemp & sList & "", 0, True 'Use Unicode for non-ASCII file names
    >>
    >>Set oList = oFSO.OpenTextFile(sTemp & sList, 1, False, -1) 'Read the names
    >>in Unicode format
    >>aLinks = Split(oList.ReadAll, VbCrLf)
    >>oList.Close
    >>oFSO.DeleteFile (sTemp & sList)
    >>
    >>iCount = 0
    >>For Each sName In (aLinks)
    >> If sName <> "" Then
    >> iCount = iCount + 1
    >> sString = oFSO.OpenTextFile(sName).Read(70)
    >> cKey = Mid(sString, 66, 1) 'The bytes are read in reverse order . . .
    >> Letter = Mid(sString, 65, 1)
    >> If cKey <> Chr(0) Then MsgBox aKeys(Asc(cKey)-3) & "+" & Letter & " "
    >> &
    >>sName, vbOK, "Link file keyboard shortcuts"
    >> End If
    >>Next
    >>

    >
    > Running it gave me an error message titled Windows Script Host:
    >
    > Script: C:/WINDOWS\ShortcutKeys.vbs
    > Line: 9
    > Char: 3
    > Error: Expected statement
    > Code: 800A0400
    > Source: Microsoft VBScript compilation error
    >
    > Running the utility I mentioned (of the same name) seems to do the job of
    > identifying valid (i.e. working) keyboard shortcuts however.
    >
    > --
    > Terry, East Grinstead, UK


    Glad you got it (partly) resolved. It is now a moot point but the error you
    mention happened because your news reader split a long line into two
    separate lines. Can't do this! The following code must be placed on one
    single line:

    If cKey <> Chr(0) Then MsgBox aKeys(Asc(cKey)-3) & "+" & Letter & " " &
    sName, vbOK, "Link file keyboard shortcuts"
     
  8. dadiOH

    dadiOH Flightless Bird

    Terry Pinnell wrote:
    > "dadiOH" <dadiOH@invalid.com> wrote:
    >
    >> Terry Pinnell wrote:
    >>> On this XP Pro (SP2) PC I cannot get any shortcut keys to work on
    >>> the shortcuts made from any batch file.
    >>>
    >>> For example, Test-01.bat contains this
    >>>
    >>> @echo off
    >>> pause
    >>>
    >>> I assigned it the shortcut <Ctl+Alt+3> (or any keys) as shown here
    >>>
    >>> http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4019461/BatchProblem.jpg
    >>>
    >>> But it doesn't run when I use the keys.
    >>>
    >>> It runs fine if I d-click either the original batch file or its
    >>> shortcut.
    >>>
    >>> No difference after a reboot.
    >>>
    >>> I installed a little program called Shortcut Key Explorer v1 01 by
    >>> RJL Software from
    >>> http://www.rjlsoftware.com/software/utility/shortcutkeys/ which
    >>> lists all the keyboard shortcuts in use. It found the couple I've
    >>> successfully installed, such as a test with Calculator. But for the
    >>> test batch file, even though it's shown as having ctl-alt-3 assigned
    >>> in
    >>> the Properties, the Shortcutkeys list doesn't include it.
    >>>
    >>> Very frustrating!
    >>>
    >>> Anyone have any ideas please?

    >>
    >> Don't know about your specific problem but normally shortcuts being
    >> invoked via a keyboard combo have to be in either the desktop or
    >> Start/Programs. Try moving the shortcut to one of those.

    >
    > Thanks dadiOH, that's a breakthrough.
    >
    > I was using a simple batch file for testing:
    >
    > Test-01.bat
    > -----------
    > @echo off
    > pause
    >
    > But it would not run from a keyboard shortcut. After moving the
    > shortcuts from C:/Batch to C:/Documents and Settings\All Users\Start
    > Menu\Programs\Batch as you suggested, it now does - EVENTUALLY.
    >
    > It is taking some 20 seconds to run any shortcut with a keyboard
    > shortcut! This applies to ALL the shortcuts I've tried, not just
    > those to batch files. For example, shortcuts to Notepad, Calculator,
    > etc. Yet all run immediately if I d-click the shortcut instead of
    > using the keyboard.
    >
    > Any idea what on earth can be happening to take 20 seconds or so?!


    Nope but if you like KB shortcuts go get this. I've used it for years, easy
    to use, never any problems.
    http://www.brianapps.net/hotkeyplus/

    Or here, the home page isn't working, don't know if that is temporary or
    not.
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Launchers-Shutdown-Tools/Hot-Key-Plus.shtml

    --

    dadiOH
    ____________________________

    dadiOH's dandies v3.06...
    ....a help file of info about MP3s, recording from
    LP/cassette and tips & tricks on this and that.
    Get it at http://mysite.verizon.net/xico
     
  9. Terry Pinnell

    Terry Pinnell Flightless Bird

    "dadiOH" <dadiOH@invalid.com> wrote:

    >Terry Pinnell wrote:
    >> "dadiOH" <dadiOH@invalid.com> wrote:


    >> Any idea what on earth can be happening to take 20 seconds or so?!

    >
    >Nope but if you like KB shortcuts go get this. I've used it for years, easy
    >to use, never any problems.
    >http://www.brianapps.net/hotkeyplus/
    >
    >Or here, the home page isn't working, don't know if that is temporary or
    >not.
    >http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Launchers-Shutdown-Tools/Hot-Key-Plus.shtml


    Thanks. However, I already have a couple of programs (Macro Express Pro and
    my trusty old Stiletto power utility) which let me do that. I currently have
    several hundred KB shortcuts assigned.

    This particular requirement for a KB shortcut to a shortcut to a batch file
    was because I occasionally get a 'runaway situation' when writing/testing
    Macro Express macros. None of its documented STOP methods work in that
    extreme situation. So chaos can sometimes rule for a while. I even have
    trouble getting to XP Pro TM with Ctl-Alt-Del. So, after help in the
    alt.msdos.batch.nt newsgroup I wrote a one-line batch file, ME-Kill.bat:

    TASKKILL /F /IM MacExp.exe /IM MacEdit.exe /IM MacScript.exe

    which stops the three processes making up Macro Express.

    I wasn't particularly hopeful that it would work (because KB operation is so
    disrupted), but thought I'd try it next time if Ctl-Alt-Del didn't work,
    before hitting the Reset or Power-Off buttons. But obviously, this issue with
    a possible 20 second delay is a show-stopper on that idea!

    Meanwhile I assigned it to Ctl+Alt+k as a Stiletto KB shortcut to
    ME-Kill.bat.

    But I had a runaway last night giving me an opportunity to try it. It failed!

    Eventually, I got TM up. So I'm guessing that, if *anything* will work in
    those runaway states, Ctl+Alt+Del will - although it might take 30 secs or
    more.

    --
    Terry, East Grinstead, UK
     
  10. Billns

    Billns Flightless Bird

    On 5/10/2010 12:03 AM, Terry Pinnell wrote:
    > I currently have
    > several hundred KB shortcuts assigned.


    I think that may be the root of your problem delays. How can you
    remember all those shortcuts?

    Bill
     
  11. dadiOH

    dadiOH Flightless Bird

    Billns wrote:
    > On 5/10/2010 12:03 AM, Terry Pinnell wrote:
    >> I currently have
    >> several hundred KB shortcuts assigned.

    >
    > I think that may be the root of your problem delays. How can you
    > remember all those shortcuts?
    >
    > Bill


    Shortcut to a text file that lists them? :)

    --

    dadiOH
    ____________________________

    dadiOH's dandies v3.06...
    ....a help file of info about MP3s, recording from
    LP/cassette and tips & tricks on this and that.
    Get it at http://mysite.verizon.net/xico
     
  12. Todd Vargo

    Todd Vargo Flightless Bird

    "dadiOH" <dadiOH@invalid.com> wrote in message
    news:-Oy$ZlpI8KHA.1316@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > Billns wrote:
    >> On 5/10/2010 12:03 AM, Terry Pinnell wrote:
    >>> I currently have
    >>> several hundred KB shortcuts assigned.

    >>
    >> I think that may be the root of your problem delays. How can you
    >> remember all those shortcuts?
    >>
    >> Bill

    >
    > Shortcut to a text file that lists them? :)


    Or better yet, I would store them as links in an HTML file.

    --
    Todd Vargo

    (Post questions to group only. Remove "z" to email personal messages)


    --- news://freenews.netfront.net/ - complaints: news@netfront.net ---
     
  13. Terry Pinnell

    Terry Pinnell Flightless Bird

    "Todd Vargo" <tlvargo@sbcglobal.netz> wrote:

    >
    >"dadiOH" <dadiOH@invalid.com> wrote in message
    >news:-Oy$ZlpI8KHA.1316@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >> Billns wrote:
    >>> On 5/10/2010 12:03 AM, Terry Pinnell wrote:
    >>>> I currently have
    >>>> several hundred KB shortcuts assigned.
    >>>
    >>> I think that may be the root of your problem delays. How can you
    >>> remember all those shortcuts?
    >>>
    >>> Bill

    >>
    >> Shortcut to a text file that lists them? :)

    >
    >Or better yet, I would store them as links in an HTML file.


    I've memorised a small a minority, for 'global' use, but most are grouped by
    application. So when I'm working on say video editing I fairly quickly
    re-familiarise myself with those. Same for map work, macro-writing, graphics,
    email, etc.

    Even so, yes, it's a challenge. So I'm gradually transferring to menus
    instead. Middle-clicking a major application's title bar brings up a menu,
    like this example for Google Earth.
    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4019461/GE-Menu.jpg

    Note that for many of the menu entries I include a note of their shortcut in
    their names. So <Alt+Ctrl+o> will 'Open Navigation Options'. If I repeat that
    frequently in a session, then I use that KB shortcut, rather than the menu.

    --
    Terry, East Grinstead, UK
     

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