1. Joined : Aug 2015
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    Dual Boot Windows 7 & 10
       25 Sep 2016 #1

    How do I run Windows 10 Mail by pressing keyboard Mail key?


    I would like to run "Windows 10 Mail" (the Metro/desktop client, not the web Outlook service) when I press the "Mail" key on my "Microsoft Natural Multimedia Keyboard". There is an applet that comes with the keyboard that allows the user to set what programs run when you press any particular key. Setting these keys requires that you specify an executable file for it to run. I know how to do that and have succeeded in setting several keys to new programs. The reason I am here is that I cannot find an executable file for Windows 10 Mail. I have looked in several locations that would make sense to me:

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Mail
    C:\Program Files\Windows Mail

    The only other location I could suspect is:

    C:\Program Files\WindowsApps

    Unfortunately, Windows 10 won't give me permission to open that directory, even though I am 'god' on this computer.

    So where is the executable file for Windows 10 Mail?
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  2. Joined : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 6,215
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       26 Sep 2016 #2

    It doesn't have one.
    Universal apps use a different paradigm to traditional desktop programs. Thus they can't take parameters, for example.

    You can create a shortcut by left click drag from the start menu.
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  3. Joined : Aug 2015
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       26 Sep 2016 #3

    Not exactly what I wanted I hear. I wonder if the newer keyboards have drivers that can allow these programs to run without running up against this problem?
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  4. Joined : Jan 2015
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    Win 10 Pro (1607)
       26 Sep 2016 #4

    Well, I told you how to create a shortcut.. which allows you to assign a hot key.. which I thought was what you wanted.

    Here's more:
    How to Create a Shortcut for Any Windows App

    Keyboard shortcuts in Mail and Calendar apps for Windows 10 - Outlook
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  5. Joined : Aug 2015
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       26 Sep 2016 #5

    Oh sorry! Somehow I didn't equate a link to an executable. Problem solved. Thank you.
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  6. Joined : Jan 2015
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       26 Sep 2016 #6

    Good.. just remember universal apps don't use executables as in exe's.
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  7. Joined : Oct 2016
    Canberra
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10
       11 Oct 2016 #7

    MS Multimedia Keyboard


    dalchina said: View Post
    Well, I told you how to create a shortcut.. which allows you to assign a hot key.. which I thought was what you wanted.

    Here's more:
    How to Create a Shortcut for Any Windows App

    Keyboard shortcuts in Mail and Calendar apps for Windows 10 - Outlook
    I too have a Microsoft Multimedia Keyboard which has app keys which worked fine up to Win 7 but in Win 10 they don't, except for the Media key which brings up Media Player and the Mail key which tries but fails to bring up Hotmail (I don't have an account). However, I must be misreading something because although I've created a desktop shortcut for Mail, when I click on the shortcut's Properties I see that there's an entry for Shortcut key - "None" - but I'm unable to change it. That is, I can't delete or change the "None" and pressing the Mail key on my keyboard only triggers another attempt at logging onto Hotmail.

    What am I doing wrong? Or is a "hot key" something else?
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  8. Joined : Jan 2015
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       11 Oct 2016 #8

    Hi, example that works for me:
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    In this instance I dragged (left click, drag) the shortcut from the start menu.
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  9. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 9
    Dual Boot Windows 7 & 10
       11 Oct 2016 #9

    My question dealt with using the Mail Key on the keyboard as apposed to creating a shortcut key. What I did was to open my All Programs menu, dragged the Mail link to the desktop. I then opened the Microsoft Keyboard settings applet(also in the All Programs menu), selected the Key Settings tab, selected the Mail key, configure button, and then navigated to the desktop where the new shortcut was placed, selected the shortcut, then OK. After that, pressing the Mail key on the keyboard opens Windows 10 Mail.
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  10. Joined : Oct 2016
    Canberra
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10
       11 Oct 2016 #10

    idigweeds said: View Post
    My question dealt with using the Mail Key on the keyboard as apposed to creating a shortcut key. What I did was to open my All Programs menu, dragged the Mail link to the desktop. I then opened the Microsoft Keyboard settings applet(also in the All Programs menu), selected the Key Settings tab, selected the Mail key, configure button, and then navigated to the desktop where the new shortcut was placed, selected the shortcut, then OK. After that, pressing the Mail key on the keyboard opens Windows 10 Mail.
    Unfortunately, when I run the Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard applet, the "Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center" displays only the mouse. It doesn't recognise my keyboard. The keyboard appears as an HID Keyboard Device in Devices and Printers, but right-clicking on it only takes me back to the Mouse and Keyboard Center sans keyboard. But thanks for what sounded like a very promising lead.

    Looks like it's going to be a choice between a legacy keyboard that I love or a run to the appliance store. Cheers....
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