How to List All Shortcut Hotkeys Currently in Use in Your Computer? (Scripts)

If you’re not able to assign a particular hotkey combination for a shortcut, then it may have already been registered. But which shortcut is currently using the hotkey and from which folder path? You can find it out by running the script attached to this post.

This script recursively searches for shortcuts in the Desktop and Start menu (per-user and per-machine locations), Quick Launch, Taskbar – User Pinned & all of their subfolders, and shows the list of shortcuts with hotkey assignments in a popup window as in the image below.

This script has a limitation; it can’t get the hotkeys for .URL (Internet Shortcuts), which I may implement in the future.

So here is the contents of the quick script I came up with, to list shortcut hotkeys.

'Script Info: Obtains the List of Shortcuts With a Hotkey assigned
'Author: Ramesh Srinivasan, for The Winhelponline Blog
'Created on May 5 2016
'Modified on May 19 2016

Option Explicit
Dim objFSO: Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Dim WshShell: Set WshShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
Dim arrFolders, objFolder, fldr, colfiles, colFolders
Dim objFile, objSubFolder, oShellLink, strHotKey

arrFolders = Array ( _
WshShell.SpecialFolders("AllUsersDesktop") _
, WshShell.SpecialFolders("Desktop") _
, WshShell.SpecialFolders("AllUsersStartMenu") _
, WshShell.SpecialFolders("StartMenu") _
, WshShell.SpecialFolders("AppData") & _
"\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch" _

For Each fldr In arrFolders
	If objFSO.FolderExists (fldr) Then Call GetHotKeys (fldr)

Sub GetHotKeys (strFolder)
	Set objFolder = objFSO.GetFolder(strFolder)
	Set colFiles = objFolder.Files
	For Each objFile In colFiles
		If LCase(objFSO.GetExtensionName(objFile.Name)) = "lnk" Then
			Set oShellLink = WshShell.CreateShortcut(objFile.Path)
			If Trim(oShellLink.Hotkey) <> "" Then
				strHotKey = strHotKey & "[" & Trim(oShellLink.Hotkey) & _
				"]" & vbCrLf & objFile.Path & vbCrLf & vbCrLf
			End If
		End If
	Set colFolders = objFolder.SubFolders
	For Each objSubFolder In colFolders
End Sub

WshShell.PopUp strHotKey,,"Hotkeys Curently in Use by Shortcuts", 65
Set WshShell = Nothing
Set objFSO = Nothing


Download ListHotKeys.vbs (zipped)

Related 3rd Party Utilities

Shortcut Key Explorer by RJL Software

HotKeysList by Nirsoft

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Ramesh Srinivasan founded back in 2005. He is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 10 consecutive years from 2003 to 2012.

3 thoughts on “How to List All Shortcut Hotkeys Currently in Use in Your Computer? (Scripts)”

  1. This is extremely useful and it’s so delightful to see someone do more with this little used but powerful hotkey functionality of Windows Shell! Thanks!!

    Why not just use WScript.Echo strHotKey instead of dumping it to a text file and opening in Notepad?

  2. WScript.Echo or messagebox has it’s own limitation (number of characters, may be). That was the first thing I used, and some items at the end didn’t show up correctly.
    -> WshShell.Popup has no limitation. I’m updating this. Thanks for the idea.

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