How to link App to launch using device quick keys? IE Wacom Logitech

  1. Posts : 77
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    How to link App to launch using device quick keys? IE Wacom Logitech

    I have a Wacom device that lets me assign files to shortcut keys, but I'm trying to assign one of the keys to launch an App (not a standard program) and can't seem to figure it out. Apps don't all seem run from just a straight "Executable" file. I mean I'm able to find the executable for the apps by going through Task Manger > "Go to Details" (of selected running app) > "Open file location". However, some apps won't run just by double clicking the *.exe file. Some do, like the iTunes app, but others just respond with errors popping up about missing DLL files, and the like, even though they run perfectly fine when run through the start menu.
    Id just try assigning a shortcut file for the app, but I can't even make shortcuts for apps that are installed from Microsoft app store.
    Does anyone know how to locate or create a single file that will launch an app and can be assigned to a Wacom device, or other devices with customizable quick-keys?

    Win 10 vers 1909 (build 18363.720
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
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    Hi, first UWP apps in general don't use exe files. They use a new programming paradigm.

    Second, creating shortcuts to them can be done in a couple of ways. An easy way is to left click and drag an icon from the shortcut to the desktop.

    Example: 3D viewer
    How to link App to launch using device quick keys? IE Wacom Logitech-1.png

    Create Shortcut to App, File, Folder, Drive, or Website in Windows 10

    To create a shortcut to open apps, use this list
    App Commands List for Windows 10

    and paste the relevant URI command into the shortcut "Type the location" box.

    Another approach could be to allocate hot keys using a free scripting tool which is extremely well documented: Autohotkey.
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  3. Posts : 77
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    Thread Starter

    Awesome! Thank you very much!
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  4. dalchina's Avatar
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    Example: put this in e.g. test.ahk, install Autohotkey,

    ^!c::run, calculator:

    double click test.ahk

    Alt+Ctrl+c launches calculator
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