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Perfect Hotkey 1.31 Giveaway

Giveaway of the day — Perfect Hotkey 1.31

Perfect Hotkey is a powerful hotkey managing and overriding utility for Windows.
$39.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 204 (34%) 389 (66%) 35 comments

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Perfect Hotkey lets you easily create and maintain a categorized list of your hotkeys. Each hotkey, a key combination on your keyboard, will launch a command. You decide which commands go with which hotkeys. Some of these commands are internal Perfect Hotkey commands and the rest are Windows commands. Perfect Hotkey will help you to manage repetitive tasks on your PC with speed and minimal effort.

Why is it faster? The conventional way to open a program on your PC is by pointing your mouse to the Window start button, clicking on the Start button, then you will click on All Programs, your eyes must first look and search for your program icon, then you must click on it and only then it will be the program be launched. Using your mouse like this takes time. With a hotkey you simply press the key combination you have defined for your program and Perfect Hotkey will launch it immediately!

System Requirements:

Windows 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP, 2000


YL Computing



File Size:

12 MB



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Thanks to GOTD & YL Computing.

The country of origin of the company owners merely reflects the enterprise/business perspective.

The credits for the software authorship include many programmers of various races & nationalities; as shown below.

Thanks to the following people for their contributions:
Rafal Sawicki, Robert Lee Hogg, Ernest L Lippert, John Kirmil, donna simone, Magnus Winroth, Richard Gangel, KATHERINE COURTNEY, KATHERINE COURTNEY, Jean Ashcroft, trevor mohammed, David Adkins, Geoffrey Hecht, EUGENE SEMPA, John Shedd, Fernandez Fernado, Zhang san, yinhsystem, Bill_Chow, Wen Wu, tidern, chen ling, li kwok kin, meng xin rong, si cun sheng, rafael carbajal, Jongsma G., tie zhan, PU RENHAI, John D White, A Hendricks, Jorge Reyes, Anita Hendricks, David T Riegel, Liang.R, KU PEN-YING, Christina Stapleton, ben torres, Justine, Patricia E Horan, Paolo Scappaticcio, WU ZHENGQUAN

A useful software for inserting commands or preset text.
I use icons on desktop to execute programs.
Usually those icons connect to folders that have links to run individual programs. That way you can have many programs ready for quick execution. The icon folders help to classify/organise the types of software. For example: video editors or pdf converters.
I always customise the icons pictorially according to what I like.

Reply   |   Comment by ric  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

One blaring addition I would try is - putting "HELP" either under the settings button or 'beside' settings button, so users might actually SEE without trying to be an expert in your program. Another suggestion (beside the mouse-thing) would be to offer "on-the-fly" recording of 'what-just-happened' rather than having someone ALWAYS remembering what was pressed - again, for people who are not completely versed in the computer & keyboard. I am not a big fan of computer-keyboard 'shortcuts' because it takes me back to DOS & Wordperfect 5.1. When I learned how to use a mouse, I completely forgot ALL (but 4) of the 'shortcuts' in WordPerfect. The mouse thing is a PERFECT way to extend this program's life & then, adding 'shortcuts' to the "right-click" of a mouse would be another way. I hope this helps, & please do not be offended by 40+ years that I have worked with ALL parts of a computer - I truly offer this critique as help, not hurtful criticism. Thank you GOTD & YL Computing for today's offering. ;)

Reply   |   Comment by Thomas Roberts  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Have to say, I'm always baffled by folks who pay good money for a nice computer monitor and then cover the screen estate with one icon after another -- I've a neighbor who can't even find what he's looking for, there are so many idiotic graphics and shortcut arrows rampaging across his screen. Why? Seriously: WHY??

Windows 7 (and upwards) users will have a lousy time of it because of another Microsoft screw-up in dumping the Quick Launch bar, but a workaround will bring QL back and allow any Vista-onwards computer user to install a simple shortcut to a folder in C:\. (Not possible with the 'pin to taskbar' idiocy: you can't shortcut a Windows Explorer folder there because Microsoft won't allow it. Why? Ask Redmond. Redmond always knows better.)

I couldn't possibly accommodate all the app and program shortcuts I use along the bottom of my 24" screen and I very much doubt anyone else can, either. It's a 5-minute task, then, for a computer user to go into My Documents, create a new folder called My Programs, open it up and then create sub-folders for whatever software the user happens to have: Audio Edit, Video Edit, Image Edit, MP3 Gain, File Minimizing, Microsoft Word, DVD Burn, etc etc etc, and then install all shortcuts in the relevant sub-folders.

And that 'My Programs' shortcut, together with shortcuts to Calculator, Calendar, World Clock, Photoshop CS, Everything, 7-Zip, Screenhunter, Windows Mail (yes, it works fine in Windows 7, despite Microsoft wanting you to take its awful Live Mail)Firefox, My Documents and a couple of others is all I have in my QL bar.

There isn't an app or a program I can't access within 10 seconds on this computer: no messing around with Windows keys or even worse, the Windows Start icon . . . and I have a screen that's as gorgeous as the day it was first bought, a ready-to-use desktop on which work-in-progress files can be temporarily dropped as and when, something that isn't going to be possible for all those whose screens are jammed from top to bottom and from one side to the other with the litter of unsorted shortcuts.

Kudos to the developer of today's software for its sheer range, but in my case, my memory simply ain't up to the task of trying to remember so many access points.

Reply   |   Comment by MikeR  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

I think you'd be surprised at the number of things you remember, MikeR. Think of all the people you know; you know all their names. Objects around the house: names and purposes. Books' titles/authors. It's all down to practice and usage.
As to WHY - just look at your desk, your actual desk, not your screen desktop. I'll bet it's like mine: you've placed things all around, from left to right, and you're familiar with what's where. Discs, tissues, current pile, calculators, phone, radio, business cards, USB sticks, clock, bit bowl, soon pile, mouses. It's the things we're familiar with and we get to know them like the back of our hands. That's why. :)
But screen desktops aren't always accessible [see above].

Reply   |   Comment by Phaedron  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Hi, ..to answer question WHY do folk keep hundreds of icons and shortcuts on their desktops (often displaying, or attempting to..:) a family photo underneath it all, oh dear, - there is possibly handful of answers: bad habits (usually going back to that first machine..), not being in the least aesthetically inclined, lazy, or occasionally showing off? And it can be so childishly simple to have own system of dealing with it, so it's practical, clever (yet not stupidly inconspicuous) and tasteful too. It's a reception desk and door to one's office after all? As to my own 'aesthetics' - I cannot even keep a family photo as wallpaper on my desktop for too long, as it makes me feel uneasy messing around my dearest' heads and faces when working on something, or playing windowed games.., never mind sprinkling them with icons! I want them to be stroked, not poked!:) Yet - I have no problem with launching any Program I need, finding most important Folders I need straight from desktop, without hot-keys. Elementary of simple practice, preference to mouse, and bit of imagination, that's all. But each to their own, so good luck with today's Giveaway.

Reply   |   Comment by fran  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

When I used Win2k, I got used to the "Quick Launch" shortcut.
When I moved to Win7,
I added a "Quick Launch" folder shortcut to my desktop.
I move desktop icons to the "Quick Launch" folder shortcut,
so when I want to use one,
I 'hover' the cursor over the 'folders' icon on the Taskbar,
then click the "Quick Launch" folder to access the 30-40 shortcuts.
There are a few programs I access via their hotkeys,
but not enough to install Yet-Another-Program.
I'm trying to overcome my 'software addiction',
since I installed a small SSD.
But "Thanks Anyway, GOTD"!
Have a GREAT day, Neighbors!

Reply   |   Comment by sl0j0n  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

You can also add a "Quick Launch" toolbar back to your taskbar in Win 7, making your desktop look just like it did in Windows XP.

Reply   |   Comment by Nigel  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#2 'uninstalled via reboot' means he is running his computer with some type of 'Freeze' program which lets the computer think changes are being made. You can even format your main hard drive with most programs like this but upon reboot everything will be just like it was before starting the 'freeze' program. No changes are made at all when in this mode. It's akin to having your a computer in a virtual box and once it's rebooted that box goes away but your real computer is just like it was.

Reply   |   Comment by Jimbo  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

If you find yourself in the situation where you have a window (or several windows) already open fullscreen on the desktop and you want to launch another app or folder without having to close or minimise the open windows then this hotkey software could prove very useful. Like many others here i often launch frequently used programs from either the quick launch/taskbar or from desktop icons, but if you already have a lot going on and want to launch more .... well, then, you might really appreciate an app like today's.

Reply   |   Comment by starvinmarvin  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Visual short cuts are aways better than memory short cuts. Who can remember shortcuts for hundreds of programs, it is a stupid concept, sorry guys, nothing bits an icon on your desktop.
Now remember the short cuts may start with Ctrl-Shift+32 for word processor and Ctrl-right-shift+32 for spreadsheets.
After 6 months you will forget what short cuts were for certain programs not used often, I guarantying you of that.

Reply   |   Comment by Sergey  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I have been using the free version for a few years.

Reply   |   Comment by Jackam  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

I have some icons on my desktop and others grouped in sTabLauncher's tabs. I have assigned shortcuts to some of them using Properties. That's perfect for me and faster. I use many programs and applets so it is impractical to assign lots of shortcuts that I cannot memorize after all. Besides, with sTabLauncher you can create tabs where you drag and drop icons. BTW sTabLauncher is free.

Reply   |   Comment by Luis  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)

Pretty good hotkey manager today designed to simplify repetitive and tedious tasks like opening websites, programs, games, files, folders, drives etc..., by assigning hotkeys.

But with this tool you can also insert CANNED MESSAGES to send similar email messages to several people, in your email clients and/or website formm, without needing to copy and paste them into a new window.

So if you need an app like this go for it and enjoy it!

That being said, in my view nothing beats the flexibility of the award-winning freewaree "AutoHotkey":


See also:

Enjoy!! ^_^

Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+60)

I so much enjoy your post, please keep up the good work.


Reply   |   Comment by John P. Cummins  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

Surely anyone would use the ikons on their desktops -- except for frequently-used programmes, maybe?

Personally, I use the FREE "FSL Launcher"


where I have my different programmes sorted into groups, like Audio, Video, Photo, Internet and Utilities, etc.

It is pretty easy to find what I want from there. By moving the cursor to the top left hand corner of the screen, it can be accessed on top of the programme you are running, too. The only use I can see for this utility from YL Computing is for VERY frequently used programmes.

Because, as Karl so correctly points out -- who can remember more than about 5-6 "hotkey" combinations to launch frequently-used programmes? Let alone 20 or more.


Reply   |   Comment by Tranmontane  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)

Good software for doing repetitive tasks on your PC like opening programs/ inserting text, but I use a couple of freebies which have never failed me :
1.Similar freeware ---> all features of the commercial ones

2. Blaze portable -->Launches Applications.Browses the File-System and the Web.Searches for stuff on the Web.Performs calculations.Performs in-place calculations.Performs base conversion.Creates emails on-the-fly.Inserts quick texts.

Also try : www.launchy.net

3. Best software for completing repetitive tasks on my pc
http://www.autohotkey.com ( including text insertion, keybinding and lots more) Portable version available
See tutorials for the details

4.For accessing all my programs, not just the shorcuts I define:

www.stablauncher.com (free highly customizable program launcher, careful while Installing)

5.For repetitive text : www.slimbrowser.net/flashtext/
A similar tool like Flashpaste,tabbed interface & FREE

Thanks for a good offer GAOTD :)

Reply   |   Comment by Mr All Rounder  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+56)

+1 for AutoHotKey. Also, +1 to GAOTD for allowing real replies to comments!

Reply   |   Comment by Daniel Bragg  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+22)

Yep, +1 re GotD for these replies.
And thanks to John-of-Italy. :)

Reply   |   Comment by Phaedron  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Looks like a great tool. I don't like shortcuts to my files on my desktop so this program will save time so I do not have to dig through my endless subfolders

Reply   |   Comment by Marta  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

I have a picture (background) visible on my desktop and nothing else.

All my program launch icons are on my task bar.

Reply   |   Comment by Springy  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

I'd be surprised if you could get all your icons onto your taskbar, Springy. Or your machine is very lightly loaded.
[these replies are good, eh?]

Reply   |   Comment by Phaedron  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

sorry to say this is one program i wouldnt use as some users will or may have a gameing keyboard with all the hotkeys at top. most of the multymedia keyboards allready have the hot keys. this would have bean good back in old days but not now as every keyboard or almost all keybards have them..

Reply   |   Comment by alan  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-19)

And so it says... "Why is it faster? The conventional way to open a program on your PC is by pointing your mouse to the Window start button, clicking on the Start button, then you will click on All Programs, your eyes must first look and search for your program icon, then you must click on it and only then it will be the program be launched."
Really? Ummmmm, sorry guys, but my "conventional way", of starting and opening most of my programs, is that I click the Icon on my desktop. So far it's worked for me every time for the last 16 years or so. At least that's been "My" "conventional way".
GOTD, I'm sorry, but I have to pass on this offer just because of the description they give.
But thanks for everything you offer everyone each day. Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by HumorJody  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+33)

Why "pointing your mouse to the Window start button, clicking on the Start button" if you can just press the Windows key on your keyboard? (Works with Windows 3.11 — Windows 7.)

Reply   |   Comment by Fishbone  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-10)

I am the same way. I have shortcuts on my desktop, in a folder on the desktop and the taskbar; I cannot remember the last time I used the Start button (Windows Icon). This software may work for some, but is useless for the way I do things and see no reason to change just to use a program.

Reply   |   Comment by George  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

clicking on the desktop is also the usual way for me.
I used "fences" on my xp pc, and are waiting for fences win7 on GAOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by malcolmwy  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

Can't agree with you there, HumourJ and others - what you say presupposes that your desktop is visible. It's usually not. That, in turn, means that you have to travel down to the far corner for the Show Desktop button, lower all windows, travel over to your icon of the moment and click that. Twice. That's fast?
Similarly, the Start button requires a click, then one on All Programs (before it pops them out automatically, in which case it requires a second click ..because your late click closed the auto-open), then a scroll around to the program publisher's item, then a click on that before it opens [see above], making a choice of the items in there as to which is the program itself - rather than a link to a website, an auxiliary program, or an uninstaller, and clicking that. That's fast?
Or after a Start click, you type your program's name - faster if you're a touch-typer; slower if not. But that's not particularly fast either, IMHO.
I have half a dozen desktop hot-keys that launch my everyday programs, augmented by WinStep's cute swelling/contracting icon dock that pops out with an edge touch.
FWIW, I believe that Win8x's Start Screen (small icons, same background) is vastly misunderstood: a tap on start followed by a visual inspection of all programs installed is a huge improvement over Win95-7's squidgy single-column multi-step menu hunt. StartMenuX is similar.
Hot-keys is good.

Reply   |   Comment by Phaedron  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Installed and registered with a slight problem on a Win 8.1.2 Pro 64 bit system.

The registration is not possible through the main interface. You have to right-click on the programs symbol in the tray, Help->Enter Registration Key.

An US(? - founded 2006,address Eden Prairie, MN 55344 USA) company, where the program (Chinese?) is digitally signed SuiNing Yilong Software Store.

This is a tiny program, occupying 2.9 MB of memory and waiting for hotkey.

You cannot only define action: "Open Folder XYZ" on pressing "ABC", you can also define text to be inserted, when pressing "DEF".

The management of hotkeys is simple and clearly structured. Don't forget to backup (export) your settings, when you've added 120 new hotkeys to the program.

In my case useless, I cannot remember 25 or 50 hotkeys. Useful for those who want to "volume up by 5%" with the hotkey "CTRL+UP" or "Capture Screen" with the hotkey "CTRL+F12". Don't laugh, this is a preset. I prefer use the "PrintScreen" key...

Does what it claims. No, I did not test it an WinXP. LOL.

In my case uninstalled via reboot.

Reply   |   Comment by Karl  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+89)

Why do you always mention the company's origin and address? That's completely irrelevant. If this were a public software repository site, it might make sense providing more info to help others avoid malware. But on this site all of the software is vigorously checked by the GOTD team to ensure malicious software doesn't get through.

Reply   |   Comment by Bob D.  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-129)

what is uninstalled via reboot mean? Thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by San  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-38)

1) I find the company's name and address helpful, when trying to determine whether the company is a startup (more grace), an entrenched contender (expect better), or potentially shady (if you can't find anything about the company, who do you go to for support?)

2) There are a number of tools out there (i.e. Time Machine) that store all OS changes locally, and give you the option of committing those changes or tossing them all away ("via reboot"). Good if you like testing software, but don't want the repository bloat that comes from installing and uninstalling lots of software.

Reply   |   Comment by Daniel Bragg  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+69)

Hey, I like Karl's reviews; they save me a lot of time and effort, to include the bit about who made the software. Danke schoen, Karl.

To avert confusion, Karl, if you use Shadow Defender (or something similar), it may be easier to state that (and give testimony to software you find useful) rather than "via reboot"--which, alone, doesn't uninstall software.


As for today's offering, if you have a need that involves, "I wish I could just press a key to..." then it may be useful to you. If not, then don't rate it because you haven't tested it against its stated purpose.

Reply   |   Comment by Rolo  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)

I very appreciate the daily job Karl is doing here. Monitoring this side since the beginning in my view Karls short and significant recension's with all (!) of his components have been advanced to something like a standard benchmark for many visitors.
So I like to know from which company the software comes and at the end what Karl is doing with this giveaway (keeper or not).

And to set back own/Karl's machine via reboot or "only" to switch off my virtual Oracle box with or without saving is a very important message.
In future I'd like to know a little more about what this and all further Giveaways are doing/changing/manipulating/leaving inside my system if I decide to keep and use it.
In diesem Sinne, Karl: weiter so.

Reply   |   Comment by Petra  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+29)

You & I are very similar in that, remembering 'hot keys is a pain.' Not all, but some will remember Wordperfect & how it was going to make our lives so simple with their 500+ "shortcuts" - I did not START using the program until ver 5.1 (In this they finally offered a viewable pull-down menu for mice - & I believe that is where they started to lose the battle with MS Word - I was computer tech for a local college at that time, so I was VERY familiar with the "fight.") I have only 6 hot keys (all available in ALL windows programs & all MY memory will hold) So, keep on reporting what you do, & how you are doing it - I look forward to it EVERY day, & if no one else says it - Thank You very much !! (from an old workhorse in the computer world.)

Reply   |   Comment by Thomas Roberts  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)

'Uninstalled via reboot' means he installed it in a 'temporary' virtual machine he created which mimics his real machine environment, and when he rebooted, the VM disappeared along with the program.

It's the ideal way to test lots of software without worrying about how much stuff each installation spews all over your machine that won't get uninstalled when the program is removed.

Reply   |   Comment by DD  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)
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