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    Remove or unsert desktop shortcut key

    How can I track down a shortcut key that is no longer welcome?

    I had a desktop shortcut icon to cgreaves.bat, and had assigned Ctrl-Shift-M to that shortcut.

    Now I want to re-assign that combination (Ctrl-Shift-M) to a different shortcut, to a different batch file.

    I tried right-click, propoerties and set the shortcut to null.
    I then rebooted (who knows, right?), but ctrl-shift-M persists to cgreaves.bat.
    Renaming cgreaves.bat results in a "not found" message.

    I've scoured the registry for "cgreaves", but see nothing that hints at my shortcut key combination.
    I've scoured the registry for "Ctrl-Shift-M", but see nothing that hints at my shortcut key combination.

    Short of rotating a collection of batch files (so that cgreaves.bat is now my new Wizdom.bat, and Wizdom.bat becomes nextone.bat, and .... becomes cgreaves.bat), how do I get out of this situation?

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    Re: Remove or unsert desktop shortcut key

    PC Magazine used to have free dowloads & had a utility called Hotkey Detective. However, they now require a paid subscription to download their utilities. You can download it for about $6.00, here, but.... <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15>

    Perhaps you created two links with the same name & same shortcut. I take it you searched for <font color=red>c*.lnk</font color=red>.

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    Re: Remove or unsert desktop shortcut key

    > I take it you searched for c*.lnk.

    I hadn't, [sheepish]but I have now [/sheepish]

    This really bugs me about Win98: I made a point of re-booting, to make sure that Win re-read any registry or INI settings after I'd cleared the shortcut, with no effect, hence my post.

    Now, two hours and two reboots later - the shortcut key is GONE and I am able to assign it where I please.

    It's as if Windows98 took one reboot to eliminate the shortcut, and a second reboot to totally eradicate it. A bit like Charles Kenyon's double-copying of styles from one template to another.

    Anyway, it's all fixed now .....

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    Re: Remove or unsert desktop shortcut key

    Now that I think about it, I've had the same problem at some time back. Windows won't assign a shortcut or won't let me change it. It takes a good swift kick.... <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Remove or unsert desktop shortcut key

    > a good swift kick

    It's correct technical term is "re-boot" (grin!).

    Did you clear up or change the shortcut key assignment? And did it take a couple of reboots until it became effective?

    This has been another puzzle for me, because I'm sure that in the past I've de-assifned shortcut keys or removed shortcuts from the desktop, without experiencing problems. Perhaps, in this case, I was too impatient to wait for the reboot, and in essaying immediately with the re-assignment, I'd not given Windows time enough to get is so-called act together.

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    Re: Remove or unsert desktop shortcut key

    >>Did you clear up or change the shortcut key assignment?
    I've done both.
    And did it take a couple of reboots until it became effective?
    Usually, it's effective immediately. There have been times when I had to do it more than once or remove the shortcut entirely before I could change it. And, yes, sometimes it takes a reboot, but I can't recall every rebooting more than once to have the change take effect. I haven't tested this much because I don't change shortcut keys often.

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