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How To Create Keyboard Shortcut To Open USB Drive In Windows


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Sure, there are a couple of free programs out there that automatically create a shortcut of the USB drive on the desktop so that you can double-click on the shortcut to access the drive. But what many users don’t know is one can configure Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 to launch USB drives with a keyboard shortcut without the help of third-party utilities.

In order assign a keyboard shortcut to your USB flash drive, we need to first set a unique drive letter to it to make sure that Windows doesn’t assign a new drive letter each time you connect the drive to PC.

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Simply follow given below instructions to assign a unique drive letter to your USB drive and then create a keyboard shortcut to quickly access your USB drive.

Step 1: Connect your USB drive to your PC. We advise you backup data as changing the drive letter may stop some programs from launching. You can restore the data after assigning a drive letter.

Step 2: Open Disk Management. To do so, first launch Run dialog box by simultaneously pressing Windowsand R keys, type Diskmgmt.msc in the box and then press Enter key.

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Step 3: Once Disk Management window is open, right-click on your USB drive and click Change Drive Letter and Paths. This action will open Change Drive Letter and Paths dialog for your drive.

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Step 4: Click Change button, select a unique drive letter, and then click OK button to assign the selected letter to your USB drive. Click Yes button when you see a dialog box saying “Some programs that rely on drive letters may not run correctly”.

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Step 5: Now, open Windows Explorer (Computer or My Computer), right-click on the USB drive and then click Create shortcut option to create a shortcut of the drive on the desktop.

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Step 6: Switch to the desktop, right-click on the newly created shortcut of your USB drive and then select Properties.

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Step 7: Under Shortcuts tab, in the Shortcut key box, enter a keyboard shortcut and then Apply button. That’s it! For instance, you can assign Ctrl + Alt + U to launch the USB flash drive.

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From here onwards, you can launch the USB drive with the assigned keyboard shortcut.

Tip: You can also assign keyboard shortcuts to all drives of your internal hard drive or solid state drive. To do so, simply follow the instructions mentioned in Step 5, Step 6 and Step 7.


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