Windows help for replacing F1 shortcut

A keyboard shortcut refers to a finite set of one or multiple keys which will initiate a software program or operating system related operation when performed by the user. The purpose and definition of the term “keyboard shortcut” might vary depending on software manufacturers. Say for example, Microsoft clearly differentiates keyboard shortcuts from hotkeys, here keyboard shortcuts represents a particular key combination where as the hotkeys refers to a designated letter in a toolbar button of menu bar which can be activated by pressing it along with the “Alt” key.

In most of the computers, users have known “F1” as the shortcut key for launching the Windows Help and Support Center. This help program might prove very helpful for new users but if you as you gain experience in working with your computer, you won’t be requiring much of assistance from help and support center. If you are in this situation, you can reassign the “F1” key to serve a different purpose; say you can use it to launch some other application or folder. This article contains instructions for doing the same.

Windows help instructions

What you can find below are the instructions which will assist you in the process of replacing F1 shortcut.

  1. Start off by going your Windows desktop.
  2. If in case the program or folder you wish to create a F1 shortcut has its icon placed on your desktop, you can skip the third and fourth step and proceed directly to the fifth step.
  3. If not, you need to double click on the icon titled “My Computer” located on your desktop. After that double click on the hard drive of your computer. Usually this will be the one with letter “C”.
  4. Browse to the program or folder for which you would like to have a “F1” shortcut.
  5. Now right click on that folder of program for which you like to create “F1” shortcut. Choose “Properties” from the given menu.
  6. Go to the tab titled “Shortcut”.
  7. Click on the “Shortcut Key” text box.
  8. Press the key labeled “F1” on your keyboard.
  9. Finally end this procedure by clicking the button which says “Accept”.

That’s all with the information provided by Windows help team for creating “F1” shortcut to a folder or program of your choice. Thanks for reading.

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