Use AutoHotkey to Restore the Backspace Key's Folder Function

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If, like me, you're a fan of keyboard shortcuts, you may have noticed that in Windows Vista and Windows 7, the Backspace key doesn't work like it used to.

Obviously it still erases the character to the left of your cursor. But when you're viewing folders in Windows Explorer, Backspace no longer moves you "up" a folder in the hierarchy like it did in Windows XP. Instead, it takes you back to the previous folder you were viewing, which isn't exactly the same thing.

It's a minor hassle, to be sure, but one that shortcut purists will undoubtedly bemoan once they make the move from XP. Fortunately, there's an AutoHotkey-powered solution.

AutoHotkey, in case you missed my last two posts, is a free macro/scripting tool that can automate tasks, remap keyboard keys, and so on. Yesterday you learned how to use AHK to auto-complete text as you type.

Over at the How-To Geek blog, there's an AHK script that makes the Backspace key function in Windows Vista/7 the same way it did in XP--from a folder-navigation perspective, that is.

I won't regurgitate the steps here, as they're perfectly clear over there. Suffice it to say, if you want your Backspace key to work the way it used to, AutoHotkey offers a free and easy answer.

Don't forget to check back tomorrow and Friday for more AHK goodness!

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