Change the keyboard shortcut for an applicationSeptember 1, 2009
My HP laptop has an application on it called HP Health Check — it’s a diagnostic thing. How do I know this? Because whenever I tried to copy formatting in Word using Ctrl+Shift+C the formatting wouldn’t copy and HP Health Check opened!
At first I thought HP Health Check was scheduled to open, then I realized that Ctrl+Shift+C was opening it. No wonder I couldn’t copy formatting!
To add, change or remove a keyboard shortcut from an application:
- Right-click on the application’s name, then select Properties.
- Go to the Shortcut tab.
- In the Shortcut key field, you can:
- Enter a new key combination if one isn’t associated with this application
- Change the existing key combination to something that doesn’t conflict with your existing commands
- Delete the existing key combination (it will then display as None).
- Click OK.
BTW, I put in a call to HP Support before finding this solution. Their answer? “You must have assigned this keyboard combination in Word” (no, it’s a default!), and here’s how to disable the Word keyboard shortcut (but I don’t WANT to do that — it’s a shortcut I use ALL the time as I mentioned in my support call!). How arrogant of them — most other programs do not have a keyboard shortcut assigned to them, let alone one that’s a standard in an Office program.
Update March 2010: Just found another one! This time Ctrl+Shift+S (used to apply a style in Microsoft Word) was associated with the HP System Information application! I wonder how many more of the HP applications on this laptop are also associated with shortcut key combinations… Fortunately, Vista’s Search let me look for HP and I found yet another — Ctrl+Shift+P to open the HP Battery Check. Hopefully that’s the last of them.