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Customizing Shortcuts in Windows (through gaming keys)

by PhilippeLemay / March 10, 2012 9:36 AM PST

I've been thinking of getting myself a nice new wireless mouse and keyboard, and I've noticed some of the high-end ones have a lot of "customizable MMO gaming keys". The Naga Epic Razer is pretty impressive with a (supposed) 17 customizable keys.

Another neat item is the Corsair k90. I want this one for it's mechanical-switch keys more than for the gaming-keys. But if I can put those keys to use... it could be worth it.

What I would like to know is... in Windows 7 itself (not the games) can you use these type of keys for certain shortcuts? Like, when I'm on the desktop, I could open up frequently used programs, at the tap of a key on my mouse? Or if I start a movie in VLC, could I link the keys to volume, play/pause or fast-forward/rewind functions?

I do game, somewhat, but these are pretty expensive peripherals. If I did buy them I would want them to be of use beyond just games. But so far as I've searched, I haven't found any indication that the keys can be used for non-gaming shortcuts. Anyone have any idea if this can be done?

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by PhilippeLemay / March 10, 2012 9:37 AM PST

I know this may have been better suited for the peripherals section, but I have a feeling that the secret for doing what I'm trying to do lies in Windows 7 control pannel, or something like that. The software that comes with these devices seems to be quite fixated on just gaming.

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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / March 10, 2012 11:00 PM PST
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Your example of the VLC Player is a good one. Most applications have 'shortcut keys' usually using the ALT key and some other. For example ALT+M opens the Menu option in VLC, then other shortcut key options in that menu are highlighted with an underline under the character that you would use with Alt.

But VLC fails to extend that. For instance, under Audio, ALT+A, you can use shortcut keys for most of the other options, but not for increasing or decreasing volume. And yet since most keyboards have a volume button anyway, perhaps that is why.

Windows 7 does allow for customizing keyboard shortcuts, and they have some guidance here;

Look for the link there for "Create keyboard shortcuts to open programs".

I know that is not exactly what you are looking for. You can also assign macros to keyboard keys but it seems that Microsoft needs other software to be downloaded for that;


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