Create Custom Keyboard Shortcuts with HoeKey
Article by George Norman
On 18 Feb 2009
The most used peripheral of any system, or so the experts say, is the mouse. I have to partially agree with that statement, because I know quite a lot of people that rarely use the mouse since there are a multitude of keyboard shortcuts to benefit from. With HoeKey you can take your keyboard shortcut frenzy one step further and set up various key combinations as you see fit, not as they come by default.

A piece of software like HoeKey had to be developed for one but very simple reason: the Windows operating system while it does come with a range of keyboard shortcuts, it does not come with a built-in feature that would allow you to seamlessly configure keyboard shortcuts in the system. HoeKey does, and while doing so it does not modify the system at all – meaning that it is completely safe to use and will not harm your Windows-based OS.


Here are the features that you can expect to get from HoeKey:
- It does not require an installation, simply download and run it. This also means that it is portable; just put it on a storage device and take it with you.
- After you have set it up, it will quietly run in the background, taking up very little of your system’s resources. Compared to other similar software programs that accomplish this task, the 200 Kilobytes of computer memory while running and 600 Kilobytes of virtual memory are virtually insignificant.
- Users can set up HoeKey to emulate keystrokes, run applications, move and manipulate windows, media playback, adjust the volume of your speakers, and other tasks you perform manually.

In related keyboard shortcut news, you should be made aware of the fact that the next iteration of the Windows-based operating system, mainly Windows 7 has some new keyboard shortcuts – details here. People that decided to leave Microsoft behind just like Bill Gates and moved over to Apple and its Mac OS X, would very much like to know about some very useful keyboard shortcuts. Last but not least, here are some keyboard shortcuts for the Mozilla Firefox user that wants to speed up their browsing speed.

If you would like to get HoeKey, a download location is available here.

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, HoeKey, Keyboard shortcut
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