Windows – Hotkeys


Quick follow-up to our last post, where we touched on our inability to access Chrome’s Task Manager, because the keystroke was already reserved by Intel’s Management Engine.

Last time we Googled and found the blocking app.

In the rest of this post, we will touch on a couple of tools that could prove useful if we opted not to take an assist ( from Google).

Types of HotKeys

There are different types of Hotkeys.

They can be categorized as System wide, Generic or Extended Short-cuts, Multimedia, and others.

Here is a quick break-down.

  1. System Key Combinations
    • Lock Computer
      • Windows logo key Windows logo key +L
    • Display and Hide Desktop
      • Windows logo key Windows logo key +D
    • Ctrl+P :- Connect to a Projector
  2. Program Key Combinations
    • Ctrl+C :- Copy
    • Ctrl+X :- Cut
    • Ctrl+V :- Paste
  3. Multimedia
    • Browser
    • Media Player Control
      • Play
      • Stop/Pause
      • Next and Previous Track
    • Audio\Speaker Volume Control
      • Volume Mute/Unmute
      • Volume -/+



There is a handful of third party utilities that one can try to use to see which Applications has a particular keystroke combination reserved.


Vendor Application
AnyMania HotKey Commander
AnyMania HotKey Explorer
Tranglos Active Hotkeys 


Quick Functionality

  1. AnyMania
    • HotKey Commander
      • Works in 64 and 32 bit
      • Ability to add new keystrokes
    • HotKey Explorer
      • Works in 64 and 32 bit
      • Only list existing combinations, one can not add ones
  2. Tranglos / Ethervane
    • Active Hotkeys
      • List Only, new ones can not be added
      • Works only in 32 bit, and not 64-bit


AnyMania – Hotkey Explorer

Screen Shot

Intel – Extreme Graphic – hkcmd.exe

Here are the hotkeys reserved by Intel’s hkcmd.exe and winsnap.exe, a screen snapshot tool.


Microsoft – Office – Lync

Here are the hotkeys reserved by Microsoft’s Lync, an Instant Message tool.



Again, there is nothing new here.

Having admitted as much, hopefully there is a point or two.

And, they are rooted on the premise that rather than to go looking for tools to diagnose an active problem, it is good to have downloaded those tools when things are still good and one is not so anxious.

When a Browser goes rogue, it is akin to an open wound, and one needs to careful on the Net.


  1. Issue 91301 in chromium: Shift+Esc doesn’t open Chrome task manager
  2. Comprehensive list of Windows hotkeys

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