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How do I reassign hot keys for my keyboard?

You can reassign some keys to access different commands, shortcuts, or Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center features to better fit your work style.

Note:  The options listed in this wizard vary depending on the key selected. For example, since you cannot reassign the Windows key, the only option available is to disable it.

To reassign a key

Download and install the Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center .

Connect the keyboard that you want to configure.

Select the Start  button, and then select Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center .

From the displayed list of key names, select the key that you want to reassign.

In the command list of the key that you want to reassign, select a command.


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Windows hotkey to change keyboard layout

What is the hotkey to switch between keyboard layouts in windows, while in some application? I tried CTRL+shift and ALT+shift but it didn't work.

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  • 1 Try Left Alt+Shift. Also specify your version of Windows. –  Atzmon Oct 3, 2016 at 6:27
  • 5 Alt+Shift - Windows 7 and Win button + Space Win 8 and 10 –  Service Desk Bunny Oct 3, 2016 at 6:29
  • you can post that as an answer. –  Kannan Ramamoorthy Sep 9, 2020 at 13:02

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On Windows 10 press Win + Space to cycle through the languages. You may need to press multiple times until you see the overlay.

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  • The best way to do it! Alt+Shif only pops the box with keyboard langs but you have to click on it to switch –  João Vitor Dec 3, 2020 at 14:54

For me, it's CTRL+SHIFT to switch between keyboard layouts within the same language culture. I never set this manually, and I'm using Windows 10.

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  • although there is no feedback on the screen, the language bar still says, US keyboard, but that is the global working answer –  Jew Dec 3, 2020 at 18:17
  • Yes I still wonder who on earth came up with that. Every time you press something like Ctrl+Shift+F (global find in some IDEs for example) it silently changes the layout. And it's so hard to find that settings dialog to disable it. –  Trass3r Dec 3, 2020 at 21:52

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Configure keyboard shortcuts.

WebStorm includes several predefined keymaps and lets you customize frequently used shortcuts.

To view the keymap configuration, open the Settings dialog Control+Alt+S and select Keymap .

Keymap settings

WebStorm automatically suggests a predefined keymap based on your environment. Make sure that it matches the OS you are using or select the one that matches shortcuts from another IDE or editor you are used to (for example, Eclipse or NetBeans).

Shortcut inheritance

When consulting this page and other pages in WebStorm documentation, you can see keyboard shortcuts for the keymap that you use in the IDE — choose it using the selector at the top of a page.

Add a keyboard shortcut

On the Keymap page of the Settings dialog Control+Alt+S , right-click an action and select Add Keyboard Shortcut .

Adding a keyboard shortcut

In the Keyboard Shortcut dialog, press the necessary key combination.

Create a shortcut

If necessary, select the Second stroke checkbox to define a complex shortcut with two sequential key combinations.

Click OK to save the shortcut.

The key combination that you press is displayed in the Keyboard Shortcut dialog, as well as a warning if it conflicts with existing shortcuts.

Add a mouse shortcut

On the Keymap page of the Settings dialog Control+Alt+S , right-click an action and select Add Mouse Shortcut .

In the Mouse Shortcut dialog, move the mouse pointer to the central area and click or scroll as necessary.

The performed mouse manipulations are displayed in the Mouse Shortcut dialog, as well as a warning if it conflicts with existing shortcuts.

Add an abbreviation

An abbreviation can be used to quickly find an action without a shortcut. For example, you can press Control+Shift+A and type the name of the Jump to Colors and Fonts action to quickly modify the color and font settings of the element under the current caret position. If you assign an abbreviation for this action (like JCF ), you can then type it instead of the full action name.

On the Keymap page of the Settings dialog Control+Alt+S , right-click an action and select Add Abbreviation .

In the Abbreviation dialog, type the desired abbreviation and click OK .

Reset action shortcuts to default

If you changed, added, or removed a shortcut for an action, you can reset it to the initial configuration.

On the Keymap page of the Settings dialog Control+Alt+S , right-click an action and select Reset Shortcuts .

Disable double-key shortcuts

Do the following to disable the default double-key shortcuts, Double Shift for Search Everywhere and Double Control for Run Anything .

Go to Settings | Advanced Settings .

Scroll to the User Interface section and set the Disable double modifier key shortcuts checkbox:

Disabling the double-key shortcuts

Location of user-defined keymaps

When you modify one of the default keymaps, WebStorm creates a custom keymap file in the keymaps directory under the WebStorm IDE configuration directory :



~/Library/Application Support/JetBrains/<product><version>/keymaps

~/Library/Application Support/JetBrains/WebStorm2023.2/keymaps



A custom keymap file contains only the differences relative to its parent keymap. For example, if you modify the default Windows keymap, your custom keymap will be its child. The file will contain only the shortcuts that you added or modified, while all other shortcuts of your custom keymap will be the same as the default Windows keymap.

You can share your custom keymaps with team members or between your IDE instances. Copy the corresponding keymap file and put it in the keymaps directory on another WebStorm installation. Then select the copied keymap on the Keymap settings page.

Conflicts with global OS shortcuts

Predefined keymaps do not cover every possible platform, version, and configuration. Some shortcuts can conflict with global system actions and shortcuts for third-party software. To fix these conflicts, you can reassign or disable the conflicting shortcut.

WebStorm detects the conflicts and notifies you with a popup message. If you miss the popup, you can always view the message in the Event log tool window:

Notification on conflicting shortcuts

Click Modify shortcuts to open the Keymap settings dialog where you can make the necessary adjustments:

Adjust conflicting shortcuts

Here are a few examples of possible system shortcut conflicts with the default keymap in WebStorm. Make sure that function keys are enabled on your system.

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Customize keyboard shortcuts

Google Web Designer comes with default keyboard shortcuts , but you can change them to your liking.

To view or change keyboard shortcuts, select Edit > Keyboard shortcuts... from the top menu. If you make any changes in the keyboard shortcuts dialog, click Save  to apply them.

Create a new preset

Presets let you save different sets of shortcuts so that you can quickly switch between them.

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  • Enter a name for the new preset.

The new preset copies the shortcuts from the previously selected preset.

Google Web Designer automatically creates a new preset if you make changes to the default preset.

Change a shortcut

  • Expand the section containing the shortcut you want. To find a shortcut more easily, you can type part of the shortcut's name in the Filter shortcuts field.
  • Select the key binding that you want to change. A yellow underline appears.
  • Press the new key binding that you want to use. If the key binding is already being used for another shortcut, a warning appears.
  • Press Enter to complete the change, or Esc to revert it.

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  • Hover over the shortcut that you want to remove.
  • Click the X button.

Export a preset

You can export a preset in order to share it with other Google Web Designer users.

  • Select a custom preset.

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Transfer the exported .js file to the computer where you want to import the preset.

Import a preset

If you have the export file for a preset, you can import it into your instance of Google Web Designer.

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  • Navigate to the folder containing the .js file and select the file.

The imported preset now appears in the Preset dropdown.

Delete a preset

  • Open the Preset dropdown.
  • Hover over the preset you want to delete.

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How to Change Default Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows 10

Robert Zak

It’s not too complicated to create your own keyboard shortcuts in Windows 10. Just right-click the executable for whatever it is you want to create a shortcut to, click Properties, then enter your command into a box. ( More on creating custom shortcuts here .)

But what if you want to change the default keyboard shortcuts that Windows 10 has foisted on you, such as a much more convenient shortcut instead of Ctrl + Shift + Esc to access the task manager or for Ctrl + S to use an alternative search tool? For this, we need a tool called AutoHotKey.

Here we show you how to change the keyboard shortcuts in Windows 10 using this great tool.

Also read: 16 Useful Windows Registry Hacks to Optimize Your Experience

Meet AutoHotKey

So let’s start with the bad news, which is that there is no native way to change the default keyboard shortcuts in Windows. After all these years, Microsoft still isn’t willing to offer that simple bit of flexibility, presumably for fear that you’ll want to use its shortcuts to access non-Microsoft apps … which is probably the case.

Instead, you’re going to have to create scripts for every shortcut key that you want to replace. Don’t worry, this process is actually made pretty easy thanks to a great tool called AutoHotkey . This is a script creator tool that can be used for all kinds of creative purposes , but today we are looking specifically at how you can use it to change the default Windows shortcuts.


We familiarize you with the basics of the Auto Hotkey syntax you need to know to change Windows shortcuts. Most Windows shortcuts use some combination of the below buttons, so this should be enough to get you started.

If you want to type a letter, you just literally type that letter, while buttons like Esc , Del and others can also be directly typed into your script. You can find a convenient list of the main Auto Hotkey syntax at this site .

Also read: 13 of the Best Typing Games and Apps for Everyone

Change Default Windows Shortcut

Once you’ve done that, on the Windows desktop, right-click an empty space, then select “New -> Auto Hotkey script,” and call it something recognizable. We’re going to create a better shortcut for getting to the task manager ( Ctrl + Shift + Esc by default), so we are calling our shortcut “Task Manager.”

Next, right-click the script you just created and click “Edit Script.” Based on the syntax we showed above, the shortcut you should enter here is as follows:

First enter the shortcut you want to use and follow this with ::Send , then a space and the shortcut you want your custom shortcut to replace. Because the Esc key is a command rather than a standard key, we put it in the special brackets.

With all your keyboard shortcut replacements, we recommend adding a second line to the script with the text #NoTrayIcon . This will block the Auto Hotkey tray icon from popping up, ensuring that the whole process stays in the background.

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Once your script is ready, close it and save it, then double-click the script to run it and test your keyboard shortcut to see if it does what it should.

Also read: Hidden Windows 11 Features for Power Users

Change Program Shortcut

Next, let’s try redirecting the default Windows Search shortcut Win + S to an alternative search tool we like called Search Everything . Type in the following command:


The :: is what separates the hotkey from the action you want it to perform. The bit before this is the hotkey we are entering ( Win + S in this case), and the bit after run is the command to open the Search Everything app.


Also read: How to Customize Keyboard Shortcuts in Gmail

Run Shortcuts at Windows Startup

Your shortcuts work as soon as you boot Windows and move the .ahk script to your system startup folder in File Explorer – C:ProgramDataMicrosoftWindowsStart MenuProgramsStartUp . Do the same for all your keyboard shortcut replacements. That way they’ll all be working as soon as you boot your PC.


It’s a little bit of effort, but it certainly works to change the default keyboard shortcuts in Windows. As a bonus, you’ve also learned the absolute basics of AutoHotKey – an extremely handy tool capable of running scripts much more complex than the ones we mention here.

If you want to stay knee-deep in Windows, see our list of the best sandbox applications for Windows 10 , and how to convert legacy BIOS to UEFI in the OS.

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For a full list of default shortcuts, see Keyboard shortcuts .

Visual Studio Code shortcut alternatives.

# Customize shortcuts

To customize keyboard shortcuts:

Open Settings .

Edit shortcut.

Put the cursor in the text bar and press any convenient combination of keys (chord). DevTools notifies you if the combination is already in use.

A chord shortcut that is already in use.

To add an additional synonymous combination, click Add a shortcut and record another chord in a similar way.

Save the new shortcut.

# Add shortcuts to unassigned actions

By default, DevTools doesn't assign shortcuts to all available actions.

Toggle light and dark themes with keyboard shortcut.

# Restore default shortcuts

Restore default shortcuts.

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