Clavier Makes it Dead Simple to Define Custom Hotkeys in Windows

[Windows only]: Keyboard shortcuts are great, they can be used to launch programs and applications quickly. But unfortunately, keyboard shortcuts don’t come by default with Windows and you can’t really define your own keyboard shortcuts.

Clavier is a nifty little utility for Windows which makes it dead easy to define your own keyboard shortcuts. You can use the keyboard shortcuts to launch programs, open folders, files, images, videos or possibly everything in your hard drive. Here is what you see when you run the program for the first time:

To add a custom keyboard shortcut, click the blue “+” icon and define the path of the folder or program you want to open. Suppose you want to open Windows media player, whenever you hit the “M” key from the keyboard. Just navigate to the start menu entry of Windows media player as shown below:

Clavier also supports hot keys for special characters   and symbols so you can specify a keyboard shortcut for a particular symbol ( e.g alpha, beta, gamma). This is useful, when you are creating a word document and want to skip searching for the symbol options.

Want to open your favorite sites using custom hot keys ? Clavier has a built in URL launcher which can be used to open websites using just a keystroke. Apart from launching sites, the program can also be used to enter information in forms and text fields. This is quite handy for filling in comment forms, sign up pages and so on.

Techie Buzz Verdict

Overall, Clavier is a full featured app for defining your own keyboard shortcuts in Windows. You can create rules   as well specify whether the Caps lock, Num lock or Scroll lock keys have to be on or off for the activation to be successful. One suggestion though – add a panel in the program interface which will show all the defined keyboard shortcuts, it will be useful when we forget one or two.

Techi Buzz rating: 4/5 (Excellent).

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Amit Banerjee

Amit has been writing for Techie Buzz since early 2009 and keeps a close eye on web apps, Google and all things Tech. He also writes at his own tech blog, Ampercent. Follow him on Twitter @ amit_banerjee