Believe it or not, the Calculator app on Windows is pretty popular, useful, and powerful. People are freaked out if they don’t see it on their computer after upgrading their Windows, though it can be fairly easily downloaded from the Store app.
It can also be very easily opened up if you have a keyboard that has a media key designated to open it. But what if I am using a generic keyboard that doesn’t have any media key assigned?
Here are two ways of doing it.
Using the Taskbar
Let’s pin the Calculator app to the taskbar first. And then drag and move it all the way to the very left, like below.
In case you forgot, the first 10 pinned icons on the taskbar are automatically assigned a quick keyboard shortcut, such as Win+1 to open the first one, Win+2 to open the second, so on so forth.
So, moving the calculator app right up to the very left means the keyboard shortcut Win + 1 is now assigned specifically to it.
Now, if you ever need to open it, simply press win + 1, and then enjoy.
I am becoming a fan of AutoHotkey lately. It’s such a powerful scripting tool that can automate a lot of repetitive work. And it can also be very useful for simple tasks like assigning a keyboard shortcut to certain apps.
Add a single link like below to a file and save it as .ahk file.
Launch it and you get yourself a shortcut key combination Ctrl + Shift + C to automatically open the calculator app.
^!c:: run calc.exe
to assign Ctrl + Alt + C instead.
Or any combinations you may like.
What about other apps?
Well, the ways shown above are not limited only to the powerful calculator, but almost all apps you may wish to open frequently.