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How to Restore Underlined Shortcuts in Menus

By October 23, 2010March 6th, 2012Tutorials

In a post titled New Folder Shortcut in Windows, I explained how accelerator keys could speed up the process of creating new folders. The key combination that needs to be pressed depends on which letters are underlined in the Windows menu; however, starting with Vista, Microsoft decided to hide these hints, by default. You can still use the key combinations if you know them, but if you don’t, here’s how to make to the underlined letters always visible in Windows 7:

  1. Click Start, and launch the Control Panel.
  2. Click Ease of Access.
  3. Click Change how your keyboard works.
  4. Locate the Make it easier to use keyboard shortcuts section.
  5. Enable the Underline keyboard shortcuts and access keys checkbox.
  6. Click OK.

That’s it. After that change, menus will reveal which characters are accelerator keys by underlining them, just like in older versions of Windows.

The "Underline keyboard shortcuts and access keys" feature in action.

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