How-to: Keyboards

How do I reassign My Favorites Keys for my keyboard?

Some keyboards include My Favorites keys. You can assign these keys to open your favourite Web pages, files, or folders.

If you are running Windows 7, My Favorites keys enable you to cycle through open programs and their windows (program groups) through the Windows 7 taskbar. You can access up to five program groups, depending on the number of Favorite keys on your keyboard. You can use the Jump List to pin programs to the taskbar so you can open them quickly.

Using My Favorites keys with the Windows 7 Taskbar Favorites and Jump List

The Windows 7 Taskbar Favorites

Whenever you open a program, an icon appears in the taskbar. This icon corresponds to one of the numbered My Favorites keys. For example, the My Favorites 1 key corresponds to the first program group in the taskbar, the My Favorites 2 key corresponds to the second program group, and so on.

If you open Microsoft Word, for example, and then you open three documents, pressing the related key, for example My Favorites 3, displays the first document window. Pressing the My Favorites 3 key again displays the second document window, and so on.

To access programs and windows in the Windows 7 taskbar using My Favorites keys

  • Press the My Favorites key that corresponds to the icon on the taskbar.

    If you have a single window of a program open, pressing the My Favorites key alternates between minimising and restoring the window.

    If you have more than one window running for the same program, pressing the My Favorites key cycles through all of the windows and tabs, even if the windows are minimised.

    In some programs that support tabs, for example, Internet Explorer, if you have more than one tab running, pressing the My Favorites key cycles through the tabs.

    If you have pinned a program to the taskbar but the program is not yet running, pressing the My Favorites key runs the program.

The Windows 7 Jump List

Items in the Windows 7 Jump List are determined by the program that you have opened. For example, a Jump List for Microsoft Word will give you a list of frequently opened documents; a Jump List for Internet Explorer will give you a list of frequently opened tabs/Web pages, and so on.

To access programs and windows in the Windows 7 Jump List using My Favorites keys

  1. Hold down the numbered My Favorites key to display the Jump List for the related program.
    The Jump List appears and displays a list of options that are determined by the program that you have selected.
  2. Use the arrow keys to select the option you want and then press ENTER.

To pin (add) a program to the Windows 7 taskbar or Jump List

  1. Open an application that you want to pin to the taskbar or Jump List.
  2. Hold down the numbered My Favorites key to display the Jump List for the related program.
  3. The Jump List appears and displays a list of options that are determined by the program that you have selected.
  4. Use the arrow keys to select Pin program to taskbar and then press ENTER.

To unpin (remove) a program from the Windows 7 taskbar or Jump List

  1. Hold down the numbered My Favorites key to display the Jump List for the related program.
  2. The Jump List appears and displays a list of options that are determined by the program that you have selected.
  3. Use the arrow keys to select Unpin program from taskbar and then press ENTER.

Moving and rearranging program groups on the Windows 7 taskbar

The number of program groups you can access through the My Favorites keys depends on how many of these keys you have on your keyboard.

IntelliType Pro automatically assigns My Favorites keys to programs in the order in which they appear on the taskbar. However, you can rearrange the icons on the taskbar if you want to make sure that your My Favorites keys are assigned to the programs that you most frequently use.

For example, if you have seven programs open, and you notice that the seventh program is one you use frequently and the third one is not. Simply switch their places on the taskbar and the My Favorites keys will be reassigned accordingly.

To move or rearrange program groups in the taskbar

  • Click the icon for the program group that you want to move and drag it to a new location.

Using My Favorites keys to open specific Web pages, files, folders, or programs

To assign a My Favorites key

  1. Open a Web page, file, or folder.
  2. On your keyboard, press and hold one of the numbered My Favorites keys.
    The My Favorites Key Settings dialog box appears, displaying the Web address, file, or folder location you opened in Step 1.
  3. Click OK to set the assignment.
or
  1. Press the My Favorites key.
  2. The Show My Favorites dialog box appears.
  3. From the list of My Favorites keys, locate the one you want to assign and click Change.
  4. The My Favorites Key Settings dialogue box appears.
  5. Browse to the Web page, file, or folder location you want. Then click Open.
  6. Click OK to set the assignment.

To use a My Favorites key

  • Press the numbered My Favorites key.

To see a list of settings for all My Favorites keys

  • Press the Show Favorites key.

    In the Show My Favorites dialog box, you can change a key setting by clicking the Change button to the right of each setting.

Note

The symbol that indicates the Show Favorites key may vary depending on your keyboard model.

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