How to Launch Chrome with a Keyboard Shortcut in Windows 10

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Windows 10 is packed full of keyboard shortcuts, but you can also create your own keyboard shortcuts to launch the applications to which they are assigned. Here’s how to create one to launch Google Chrome on Windows 10.

You will need Google Chrome installed on your PC to do this. You’ll also need to create a desktop shortcut for Chrome if you don’t already have one. To do this, open the “Start” menu by clicking on the “Start” button in the lower left corner of your desktop.

Windows start button

Then scroll down the list of apps until you find “Google Chrome” and then drag and drop the icon to the desktop. A shortcut will be created.

drag and drop from the list of applications to create a shortcut on the Google Chrome desktop

Right click on the Google Chrome desktop shortcut and select “Properties”.

Properties option of the context menu

The Google Chrome “Properties” window will appear. In the “Shortcut” tab, you will notice a “Shortcut Key” option with “None” written in its text box. This means that no hotkey is currently assigned to this application.

No shortcut key for Google Chrome

Click on the text box and press the key on your keyboard that you want to assign as a shortcut key to Google Chrome. Ctrl + Alt will be added to the start by default. So if you want to make Ctrl + Alt + C your hotkey to launch Google Chrome, just hit “C”.

Assigning a shortcut key to Chrome

If a Ctrl + Alt + combination already exists (like Ctrl + Alt + Del or Ctrl + Alt + Tab), you will not be able to assign this combination to this application.

When you are ready, apply the changes by clicking the “Apply” button in the lower right corner of the window. Then click “OK”.

Apply the changes

The keyboard shortcut is now applied. Press the keyboard shortcut of your choice and Windows will launch Google Chrome.

To undo this change, either delete the shortcut on the desktop that you created or open its Properties window and delete the shortcut from the “Shortcut key” area.

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