There are a few things hardcore gamers can’t live without. Their gaming mouse, keyboard, 3D headset, and drum rolls please…hotkeys! Yes, you read that right. Being a huge fan of RTS games, I’ve seen players go ”rage-mode” when their shortcut keys malfunction.
For the average PC user, such key combinations are not as important. But still, the more shortcuts you have at your disposal, the faster and better you can work on your PC. In Windows, you can only use and change hotkeys that are already provided by the system. With the freeware Clavier+, you significantly widen your options.
Just how extensive are your options with this tool? Let’s just say that with this tool typing in special characters or even entire text blocks can be done with a simple key combination. You can even specify certain shortcut keys to be active only in selected programs. For someone who uses the PC a lot, especially for work, this tool can be very valuable!
How To Use
After launching Clavier+, begin by clicking on the keyboard icon in the system tray of your desktop (“Notification Area”). Set the “Language” for the user guidance on English or whatever language you are comfortable in. In the upper section of the program window, you can see some key combinations that you can keep or delete.
To create a new shortcut key simply click on the “+” icon. This brings up a drop-down menu where you can select the desired action, such as “Open folder,” “Text,” “Start Program” or “View Web Site.” In the upper area you will find the Quick Picks list, which are links to different and commonly used items in the Start menu, favorites in the Internet Explorer, and some special characters.
After deciding for the action of your new key combinations, a window appears where you specify the combination of keys. Once done, click on “Activation” to set an instance when the shortcut key is supposed to work. For example, you can set a hotkey to work only if the Caps Lock is turned on.
You can also tweak the “Allow For” section to determine which programs the it will work with (“Only These Programs”) or if you want all active programs to benefit from the it (“All Programs”).
Clavier+ will pull up a list of EXE-files separated by semicolons where you can make your selection. Alternatively, you can click on the target icon, hold the mouse button down, drag the mouse pointer to a window and release the button.
One Important Note: The shortcut keys you just created do not work as long as the Clavier+ window is in the foreground. Click on the “OK” button or click the red “X” to hide the window and activate your new hotkeys.
That’s it! It wasn’t so hard was it? With new shortcuts under your command, performing different PC tasks is now a lot easier and faster than ever.