Here is how to create keyboard shortcuts on Windows 10 and 11 to boost your productivity and speed up various processes.
Creating Custom Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows
It is worth mentioning that some keyboard manufacturers (this mostly applies to more expensive keyboards) offer dedicated software for managing and customizing keyboards. For example, Logitech Options allows you to create custom shortcuts in Windows 10 and Windows 11. We recommend you check tools from your manufacturer first. If there are no such utilities, proceed with the article to learn how to create custom shortcuts in Windows 10 and 11.
- To create custom keyboard shortcuts in Windows, you need the PowerToys app. It is a set of utilities with advanced features to expand stock Windows capabilities. You can use PowerToys to launch apps, resize images, bulk rename, keep your computer awake, and create custom shortcuts.
- If you use Windows 11, click this link to download PowerToys from the Microsoft Store. On Windows 10, use this link to get the app from Github.
- Once installed, open PowerToys and close the welcoming screen.
- Open PowerToys again and switch to the “Keyboard Manager” section.
- Click the “Remap a shortcut” button. PowerToys will open a new window, where you can create custom shortcuts in Windows 10 and 11.
- Press the plus button.
- Then click Type under Shortcut. PowerToys will open a new window to display the keys you are about to press.
- Press the keyboard shortcut you want to remap.
- Click Ok.
- Next, click the Type button under Mapped.
- Press the keys you want to use in a custom shortcut, then click Ok.
- Finally, you can specify apps in which your custom shortcut in Windows will work. If you want your shortcut to work in all apps, leave the “Target app” field blank. Otherwise, provide the full path to the target app. Here is an example: C:\Program Files\App\app.exe.
- Click Ok to save changes.
Remember that you need to keep PowerToys running all the time. Custom shortcuts in Windows will not work when the app is not working.
Tip. PowerToys has another wonderful tool called “Shortcuts guide.” It displays all available shortcuts in your currently open application by pressing Win + Shift + /. Use it to memorize existing shortcuts before creating new ones.
It is also worth mentioning that some programs allow creating app-specific shortcuts. For example, in Microsoft Office apps, you can press Ctrl + Alt + Plus and click any button on the toolbar to create a custom shortcut. In other words, always check the settings in the apps you use. Perhaps you will not need additional software for custom shortcuts in Windows 10 and Windows 11.