How to Create a Windows 7 Custom Key Command

Sometimes you want a key command (keycommand) that works across all of your Windows Desktop. For example, let’s say that you write a lot of email and you want to be able to pop open Gmail’s compose page quickly no matter what else you are doing in Windows. Here’s how you’d do that:

  1. Create a new shortcut on your desktop:

Right-click on your desktop and choose New, Shortcut

  1. Paste in the Gmail compose address,, (or open a program, or another webpage, whatever you want to do), click Next

  1. Give it a name:

  1. You now have a new icon on your desktop:

  1. Right click on that Icon, Select properties

  2. Click inside of the Shortcut Key textbox and hold down Ctrl Shift and the letter G, Click OK

  3. Go back to your desktop and hit the Ctrl+Shift+G keys and Gmail’s compose screen should open.

You can now use that key command combination anytime you want quick access to a task.