In Windows 10, there are several ways to create shortcuts to the apps you want. You can pin the Windows 10 app to the Start menu, Taskbar, or create a shortcut on the desktop for quick access. If you use the app on a regular basis in Windows 10, you’ll want it to open quickly. This is where keyboard macros are useful. If you don’t have a touchscreen on your Windows 10 PC or don’t have access to a multi-button mouse, you’ll want to use keyboard macros.
What is a macro?
As noted by a Bing search, In computing, a macro is defined as a “single instruction that automatically expands into a set of instructions to perform a specific task.” As a result, a keyboard macro in Windows 10 is a keyboard shortcut that you type to perform an action. Keyboard macros, like CTRL + C for copying, CTRL + V for pasting, and CTRL + Z for undoing in Windows 10, are designed to save you time when doing whatever you need to do.
Let’s take a look at how to make a Windows 10 keyboard macro.
Create a Desktop Shortcut
- Open Command Prompt and run as administrator.
- In Command Prompt, type (or cut and paste) the following phrase without the quotation marks: “explorer shell:AppsFolder”
All of your Windows 10 apps will be displayed in a folder. If you change the view setting to “Detailed,” it might be easier to find your app. All of your apps will be displayed in one column, making it easier to find your app.
- Right-click on an app and select “Create shortcut.” In this example, I will create a keyboard macro for Arduino IDE.
- You will see a prompt that says the “Windows can’t create a shortcut here, would you like to create a shortcut on the desktop?” Click Yes.
- Once you have completed this step, go to your Windows 10 desktop. Right-click the app shortcut and select Properties.
- Change the Shortcut key. Here is where you create your keyboard macro. In Windows 10, a keyboard macro needs to start with CTRL + ALT + a letter and/or a number.
- Click OK when finished.
It’s also worth noting that any new software you install may use your keyboard macros for in-app functions. When Photoshop Elements is open, for example, pressing “CTRL + ALT + I” brings up the resize menu. Make an effort to avoid using the same keyboard macro combination twice. Unfortunately, if you have a conflict with another app that uses the same keyboard macro that you assigned to another app, Windows 10 will not notify you.