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Changing shortcut keys in windows 7

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  • hi there...

    I have scowered the net for this information and now i try here :)

    I read a blog about a way to give administrators the posibility to elevate the "opening a folder" feature in explorer with adminsitrative rights. You can't do this is the integrated explorer in windows seven so the microsoft guy had made a plugin that works with explorer++. Explorer++ is a standalone explorer tool for windows and with the plugin you can open folders in explorer with administrative priviliages...

    the thing that bothers me as i usually use the windows key + E to open my explorer and therefore i would like the change my windows 7 setting so that when i push the windows key + E i don't open the windows 7 integrated explorer but insted explorer++

    can anyone tell me how to do this?
    Wednesday, December 09, 2009 6:04 AM

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  • If you do not want to modify registry or use 3rd party tools. There is an easy work around: create a shortcut for explorer++ and set it’s shortcut key as “Ctrl +Alt +E”.

    If you insisted to change the system shortcut key Win+E, you may have to:
    1. Download HoeKey from http://www.bcheck.net/apps/hoe.htm
    2. Open Hoekey in Windows XP compatible mode + Administrator privilege, you can add Win+[x] shortcut key to explorer++, but it cannot overwrite the system default ones.
    3. Disable all hotkeys except Win+L and Win+U, add NoWinKeys value to the following Reg key.
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
     "NoWinKeys"=dword:00000001
    4. Add a line to launch explorer++ with Win+E.
    e.g. ~E=Run|"C:\explorer++_1.0.0.0_x86\Explorer++.exe"

    since it will disable many useful system shortcut keys, I suggest you use the work around I’ve mentioned at the beginning.

    • Marked as answer by CasperDK Wednesday, December 09, 2009 5:46 PM
    Wednesday, December 09, 2009 10:29 AM

All replies

  • If you do not want to modify registry or use 3rd party tools. There is an easy work around: create a shortcut for explorer++ and set it’s shortcut key as “Ctrl +Alt +E”.

    If you insisted to change the system shortcut key Win+E, you may have to:
    1. Download HoeKey from http://www.bcheck.net/apps/hoe.htm
    2. Open Hoekey in Windows XP compatible mode + Administrator privilege, you can add Win+[x] shortcut key to explorer++, but it cannot overwrite the system default ones.
    3. Disable all hotkeys except Win+L and Win+U, add NoWinKeys value to the following Reg key.
    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]
     "NoWinKeys"=dword:00000001
    4. Add a line to launch explorer++ with Win+E.
    e.g. ~E=Run|"C:\explorer++_1.0.0.0_x86\Explorer++.exe"

    since it will disable many useful system shortcut keys, I suggest you use the work around I’ve mentioned at the beginning.

    • Marked as answer by CasperDK Wednesday, December 09, 2009 5:46 PM
    Wednesday, December 09, 2009 10:29 AM
  • I think i will keep my defaults...

    thanks Gordon :)
    Wednesday, December 09, 2009 5:46 PM
  • Hey, one of the things I loved about HoeKey was make current window editable (_~Y=Editify). Do you know how I could do that in Windows 7? 
    Saturday, April 17, 2010 9:54 PM