Freeware application WinHotKey is a great first step toward the
world of one-button automation, because it builds a ton of
customizations into a program that’s pretty simple to use–at
least, in comparison to the relatively script-heavy hotkey
applications we’ll soon be discussing. Once you’ve installed the
application and navigated past its opening tutorial screens, you’ll
see a list of hotkeys that have already been configured for your
system. Keep them by doing nothing, or delete them by highlighting
them and clicking Remove Hotkey.
Once you’re ready to start automating, click the New Hotkey
button. First enter a helpful description in the provided field.
When you’re finished, note that the app gives you some options for
what you want the actual keystrokes of the hotkey to be: It won’t
let you overwrite an existing hotkey in the program, but you can
temporarily overwrite any of Windows’ default hotkeys–including
good old Ctrl-C (copy)–to perform any of the following tasks, if
you wish: launching an application, a document, or a folder;
dumping a text string wherever your cursor is; or performing
various actions on your desktop’s active window.
With that in mind, we strongly recommend that you assign a
combination of keystrokes to serve as your new hotkeys. Once you’ve
done so, select your action via the ‘I want WinHotKey to…’ menu,
and you’re done! By default, WinHotKey loads when Windows starts
up, so your customized hotkeys will be part of your operating
system from then on.
Note: This link takes you to the vendor’s site,
where you can download the latest version of the software.