QuicKeys 3 for Windows Frequently Asked Questions

Here you can find answers to questions about QuicKeys 3 for Windows. If you can't find an answer to your question you can contact us in our Support request form or ask a question in the Startly Community.
Q. What is the current version of QuicKeys 3 for Windows?
A. Version 3.0.3 is the current version. You can get it on our download page.
Q. How do I backup my Actions or share them with other users?
A. You will want to export them to a file. To export individual actions or multiple actions:

  • Open the QuicKeys Editor.
  • Select the Shortcut(s) you want to export.
  • Select Export or Export Selection from the File menu.
  • Navigate to the drive where you want to store your selected Shortcut(s).
Q. Why can't I assign certain key combinations as hotkeys for my QuicKeys Actions?
A. Certain keys have specific uses designated by the operating system. The table below shows the Hotkey and what it is used for. You can also view more Microsoft hotkeys.

  Hotkey
   Operating System Command
  Ctrl + Esc    Opens the Start menu.
  Ctrl + Shift + Esc    Opens the Task Manager.
  Alt + Tab    Switches programs in the order that they were last viewed.
  Shift + Alt + Tab    Reverse order of Alt + Tab.
  Caps Lock +/- Modifier    Toggles All Capital Letters.
  F Lock +/- Modifier    Toggles F-keys.
  Num Lock +/- Modifier    Toggles Number Pad.
  Scroll Lock +/- Modifier    Toggle Key, used by some applications no specified use.
  Print Screen +/- Modifier    Take Screen Shot.
  Alt + Esc    Switches programs moving towards first opened.
  Alt + Shift + Esc    Switches programs moving towards last opened.
+ E    Opens Windows Explorer.
+ Tab    Selects the next taskbar button.
+ F    Opens Explorer in Search Mode.
+ Ctrl + F    Opens Explorer in Search Mode for Network Computers.
+ F1    Opens Windows Help.
+ R    Opens the "Run" dialog.
+ Pause    Opens System Properties window.
+ B    Moves focus to the System Tray.
+ D    Toggles showing the desktop.
+ M    Minimizes all windows.
+ Shift + M    Maximizes all windows.
+ L    Fast User Switching.
+ Alt + Tab    Same as Alt + Tab.
+ Shift + Alt + Tab    Same as Shift + Alt + Tab.
+ Alt + Esc    Same as Alt + Esc.
+ Shift + Alt + Esc    Same as Shift + Alt + Esc.
  F1    Works as of QuicKeys for Windows 3.0.3.
  F12    Not Allowed. (Some modifier keys allow this to work.)
  Ctrl + F12    Not Allowed.
  Shift + F12    Not Allowed.
Q. What is the most reliable way to build a sequence?
A. Most Windows programs have hotkeys already assigned to many of their functions. Having QuicKeys activate various functions by sending these key combinations instead of trying to click around in the program is generally much more reliable.

As an example, open WordPad. You will notice that all of the menu names have an underlined letter. Hitting your Alt key plus that underlined letter will open that menu. For the File menu, hitting Alt+F is the key combination needed to open the menu. Most if not all of the items in the File menu also have an underlined letter. If you type "P" for example, that activates "Print" in the File menu. You might also notice that some functions already have key combination