To reserve shortcut keys for MS-DOS-based programs

1.

Open My Computer

2.

Locate the MS-DOS-based program (.exe) file, the program information file (.pif), or shortcut you want to change. Right-click the file, and then click Properties.

3.

In the Properties dialog box, click the Misc tab.

4.

Under Windows Shortcut Keys, clear the check box next to the shortcut keys combination the MS-DOS program uses. When you clear the check box, Windows will ignore the shortcut key when the MS-DOS-based program is in use.

You can reserve only the following shortcut keys for an MS-DOS-based program:

ALT+TAB

ALT+ESC

CTRL+ESC

PRINT SCREEN

ALT+PRINT SCREEN

ALT+ENTER

ALT+SPACEBAR

Note

To open My Computer, click Start, and then click My Computer.

This option might not be available in some MS-DOS-based programs.

Some MS-DOS-based programs require the use of keystroke combinations (pressing the keys at the same time) for specific functions.

You might need to reserve shortcut keys for MS-DOS-based programs if the program uses the same shortcut keys as Windows. For example, if your MS-DOS-based program uses ALT+TAB to perform a command, Windows might intercept that command and switch between programs instead. (In Windows, you press ALT+TAB to switch between programs.)

Related Topics

Using PIF files

Specify shortcut keys

Create or change a PIF



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