Re: The Dell computer doesn't have a right-windows key.
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In your note below, you say, “to make a shortcut key to an app on the desktop,.”
From this, I have assumed that you already have the app’s icon on the desktop and you want to assign a shortcut key to it. So, you are not looking for the Send-To.
In most cases, Alt+enter opens the properties window for the selected item. If you have a shortcut selected on the desktop, Alt+Enter should open a properties window for that shortcut. I’ve used Windows from Windows 3.1 and can’t think of a version of Windows where this hasn’t worked. Not that I’ve seen every install of Windows.
As with the Shift+F10 and the Right-Click, the Alt+Enter is context sensitive. In some instances, the Shift+10 will give you the selection you are looking for other times it will not.
Regarding the Right-Click, the mouse has to be sitting on the icon that you want to work with before you can use the right-click. on my Windows 10 with JAWS 2018, when I try to route the JAWS Cursor to the pc cursor, it doesn’t work. So when I do a right-click, the menu choices I get are regarding the desktop itself rather than the icon I am sitting on.
For me, I can get to the selected icon’s properties with Alt+Enter or Shift+F10. If I use Shift+10, I hit the Up-Arrow one time to find Properties.
In the properties window, I can assign a shortcut key.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com> On Behalf Of Judy Jones
Thank you. Alt-enter does diddly-squat, nothing, just sits right at the icon I’m pointing at. You are right, I will try the F10.
Hi Judy. I think you are getting conflicting information. Pressing alt enter on a desktop shortcut is not the same as simulating the right mouse click with shift f10. If, for instance, you want to find the send to option so you can accomplish tasks such as placing an icon to a program on the desktop, you would highlight the item, then press shift f10 to accomplish the same as the applications key would. Pressing alt enter doesn’t do that, it just takes you directly to the properties. I think if you do shift f10 where you would normally press the apps key, you will be able to do what you want.
Thanks for helping me find a solution, though.
I know, it’s one of the annoying things about dell. Don’t get me wrong, I love my dells, but I wish they had the application key.
You are right, application key. Dell has neither.
Hi. Tim’s correct, but you are confusing the right windows key with the application key.
Hi there, You can use shift f-10 to accomplish that task, for example, if you want to place shortcut on the desktop for a folder and or an existing file, press shift-10 then arrow down until you hear send to, several options populate, select desktop to place that particular icon onto the desktop.
I hope this helps.
One of the computers we now have is a Dell, and this laptop does not have a right-windows button. I’ve tried the right-mouse button, hoping to come up with the same options, but they are not the same. For instance, to make a shortcut key to an app on the desktop, I have always right-clicked with the right-windows button, gon into Properties, and the Shortcut Key tab. However, the right-mouse button on this dell does not get me to the properties.
So I guess I’m asking two questions. 1) What is the equivalent of the right-windows button on this Dell, and how can I creat shortcut keys on the desktop without right-clicking. Again, the right-mouse button does not offer the same options.
Thanks very much.