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I love my keyboard; why did they hide “Underline keyboard shortcuts and access keys” in Windows 7 so far away?

Posted by jpluimers on 2011/03/18

This is how you view the underline character for Alt and other keyboard shortcuts in Windows 7 (the link shows you how to do this with the mouse, but we are keyboard lovers, are’t we?):

  1. Press the WINDOWS-U combination to open the “Ease of Access Center”
  2. Under Explore all settings, select “Make the keyboard easier to use” by pressing TAB a couple of times, then press ENTER to select it.
  3. Press ALT-N to select and check “Underline keyboard shortcuts and access keys” under “Make it easier to use keyboard shortcuts”
  4. Press ALT-O to fire the OK button action.
  5. Press ALT-F4 to close the “Ease of Access Center”

Done!

So far for accessibility (:

–jeroen

via: Underline keyboard shortcuts and access keys.

3 Responses to “I love my keyboard; why did they hide “Underline keyboard shortcuts and access keys” in Windows 7 so far away?”

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  2. Roel K. said

    Thanks for this tip. I changed my settings! However, it makes me wonder why Microsoft didn’t make this the default setting. In the “Ease of Access Center” they filed it even under “Make the keyboard easier to use”. In fact it makes me wonder why this menu-option is there at all.

    • jpluimers said

      Older Windows versions didn’t have this as default either (I think they switched this after Windows NT 4, but I’m not 100% sure).

      I know for sure that XP and 2003 have this turned off by default.

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