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 'URL: https://www.winhelponline.com/blog 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) Next 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 Next Set colFolders = objFolder.SubFolders For Each objSubFolder In colFolders GetHotKeys(objSubFolder) Next End Sub WshShell.PopUp strHotKey,,"Hotkeys Curently in Use by Shortcuts", 65 Set WshShell = Nothing Set objFSO = Nothing
Download ListHotKeys.vbs (zipped)
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Ramesh Srinivasan founded Winhelponline.com 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.