One of the problems with having a lot of apps installed on your PC is that it’s hard to keep track of all the hotkeys that might be in use — testing them all manually would be a very laborious process. New freeware Windows utility ActiveHotkeys can quickly list all of the hotkeys that are currently active, helping you to figure out which are used and, importantly, which might still be available for apps that you might like to use.
ActiveHotkeys is a standalone .EXE (no installation required, which is great as it’s not something you’re likely to want to use very frequently). Select which key groups (alphabetical, function, numeric keypad, etc.) and modifier keys (Win, Alt, Ctrl, Shift and combinations thereof) you’d like to test and hit “Test active hotkeys.” ActiveHotkeys will return a sortable list of the hotkeys currently in use.
Unfortunately, ActiveHotkeys doesn’t tell you which app each hotkey is reserved for, which would make it more useful. This comes down to a limitation of Windows, however, rather than a fault of ActiveHotkeys, so you’ll need to do some further investigation if you want to know what each hotkey actually does.
ActiveHotkeys is free to download and use and works with Windows 95 onwards.
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