How to assign Windows key combo to shortcut?

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  1.    02 Nov 2017 #1

    How to assign Windows key combo to shortcut?

    I'm trying to make Win + C open the Calculator, but the Shortcut key field in Properties (from the Desktop shortcut) doesn't register a Win key press (just Ctrl or Alt or Del or a letter).

    Is there some way to do this?
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  2.    02 Nov 2017 #2

    The key combo was used in windows 8 and IDT it works or has a function in windows 10 or if you can even assign one to it. If you have a keyboard that allows macro keys to be assigned then you can.
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       02 Nov 2017 #3

    Windows + C = Open Cortana in listening mode (It is locked by Windows to this call)

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  4.    02 Nov 2017 #4

    OK, I didn't see that on the ref sheet I was looking at, but it doesn't need to be Win + C, I'm OK with any other letter, the point of the post was to try to use the Win key with a letter to open Calculator from anywhere... so, does anyone know how to do that?
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  5.    02 Nov 2017 #5

    If you are ok with using 3rd party software then the free AutoHotKey will let you assign a key combination shortcut.
    I stay away from the Win key because it might cause conflicts with default Windows shortcuts so I use ctrl + = for Calculator. If you use the Calculator a lot you could remap just one key that you rarely use to launch it, like insert maybe ?

    You can do a gazillion other things with AHK and it is the first software I install

    To launch Windows Calculator with ctrl + = is a simple Run code like this:
    Ctrl & =::Run, C:\WINDOWS\system32\calc.exe
    If you need help with AHK there are many friendly and helpful members at the forum

    Good luck :)
    Last edited by FrillyBits; 02 Nov 2017 at 21:50. Reason: Information overkill
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  6.    03 Nov 2017 #6

    However that needs to be changed if the universal app is to be launched rather than calc.exe doesn't it?

    start calculator:
    works in Powershell e.g.

    This works in an Autohotkey script:
    #c::Run, explorer.exe shell:appsFolder\Microsoft.WindowsCalculator_8wekyb3d8bbwe!App

    Put that in a text file, rename as .AHK
    Double click it

    Windows key + C launches the universal calculator app
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  7.    03 Nov 2017 #7

    You're probably right, I forgot about that app because I never use it.
    I don't use any apps on Windows, only use apps on Android when I go shopping etc
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  8.    03 Nov 2017 #8

    Pin Calculator to the Taskbar and press WinKey+whatever number, (in my case 6):

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  9.    05 Nov 2017 #9

    By the way, Win+C doesn't do anything on my computer; it's set up by the company that provided it to me.
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  10.    05 Nov 2017 #10

    DaveCan said: View Post
    By the way, Win+C doesn't do anything on my computer; it's set up by the company that provided it to me.
    It is possible the company won't allow you to install and use AutoHotKey.
    The solution offered by Edwin is probably easiest and best :)
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