Shortcut keys in Windows 8 are used for accessing an application easily. In Windows, there are many default shortcut keys, for example: Ctrl+C for copying. However, if you wish you can create your own shortcut key. These custom shortcut keys, which you create will always begin with Ctrl + Alt. Here are the steps to create a custom shortcut key in Windows 8:
1) If there’s no desktop shortcut for the app for which you want to create the custom shortcut key, then create a desktop shortcut first. Just right click on the app and select “Create shortcut”. If you get a dialog box like “Windows can’t create a shortcut here. Do you want the shortcut to be placed on the desktop instead”, then, click on “Yes”.
2) Now, right click on the icon of the app for which you want to create a custom shortcut key.
3) Select “Properties”.
4) Select “Shortcut” tab.
5) In “Shortcut key field”, simply press the alphabet which you want to assign as the custom shortcut key for this app. For Example, I typed M for Mozilla Firefox browser. So, the shortcut key: Ctrl + Alt + M is filled in.
6) Click on “Apply” and then “OK”.
Now, I have created a shortcut key Ctrl + Alt + M for opening Mozilla Firefox browser. So, whenever I have to access Firefox I don’t have to look for the icon.