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Make your own keyboard shortcutsDon't hunt for that icon, make any Windows program you want launch at the stroke of a key.
Keyboard shortcuts are fantastic. They make you faster, more productive, and can impress friends and potential mates. But even more impressive than knowing things like Control-X and Windows-D is making your own shortcuts that nobody else has. Creating shortcuts is easy to do in Windows 7 and they can save you a lot of time you'd otherwise spend hunting for a program's icon. Start by finding the program you want to make a shortcut for. I'm going to choose Paint.NET. Right-click on the program icon and select properties. Then select the shortcut tab. Click in shortcut key field and type the hot key combination you want. I'm going to use CTRL-ALT-P. Press OK. And now try out your new keyboard shortcut Just hit CTRL-ALT-P...and there you go. Now, go try to impress your friends. If they're impressed, you have the right friends. Hope that saves you some time at least. I'm Tom Merritt, CNET.com.