Hannah from California writes:
I have Vista and heard something about hotkeys that are already built in to my quick launch toolbar. Since I am an avid taskbar user, I am interested in this.
Hi, Hannah! Thanks for writing. I had Vista for a long time before I found out about built-in hotkeys (keyboard shortcuts) for “quick launching”. It’s a great feature, especially for those of us who live and die by the quick launch toolbar.
The Windows key on your keyboard.
In a nutshell, Vista has made it so that the first ten programs in your quick launch toolbar can be opened automatically by assigning Win + a number from 1 -10 to open them.
(Huh?) Let me show you what I mean.
The hotkeys run like this:
Win + 1
Win + 2
Win + 3
Win + 4
Win + 5
Win + 6
Win + 7
Win + 8
Win + 9
Win + 10
Thus, if I want to open Microsoft Word, I would press Win + 2. If I want to open my Gmail, I press the Windows key and then number 8. If I want to open Firefox, then I just press Win + 5. Get the hang of it?
As if the quick launch wasn’t quick enough!
Thanks for the great question, Hannah!
~ Lori Cline