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I use AutoHotkey plus Chrome Launcher. In fact, I absolutely LOVE the new Chrome launcher! I also love my #chromebook, but on my Windows desktop I can’t just tap the dedicated search key to access it. Here comes #autohotkey  to the rescue. 

I will explain how to setup the Win + Spacebar combo to open the Chrome Launcher using AutoHotkey. This command will add the win+spacebar as the shortcut key to the Chrome Launcher.

Why would you want to do this? Well, personally I love key combinations, in fact you can perform just about every task you would ever need to perform in Windows just by using the keyboard. When you get the hang of them, they can greatly speed up your time performing some pretty mundane tasks. Key bindings like this are pretty useful for quickly accessing the menu, for example, I also use Launchy, and have it bound to alt+spacebar, so it is a familiar key combination, hopefully I won’t get them mixed up all the time! This will make AutoHotkey plus Chrome Launcher, a great pair, like Peanut Butter and Jelly.

AutoHotkey plus Chrome Launcher, a perfect match!

AutoHotkey plus Chrome Launcher, a perfect match!


Where do I get AutoHotkey?

You can download AutoHotkey here: http://www.autohotkey.com/


Enough, AutoHotkey plus Chrome Launcher was promised, on to the command already!

Here is the command to open the #chrome  launcher. Put this in your AuthHotkey.ahk file that opens on initial installation.

#space::Run "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --show-app-list

What if I don’t have a 64bit system?

If you are using a 32bit system it will most likely be:

#space::Run "C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" --show-app-list

It still doesn’t work, what now?

If it doesn’t work, right-click on the launcher icon, choose Properties and copy the command line to open it. You know, if you still can’t get it going, please drop me a line at https:/google.com/+JessePerry and I can help you out.


That is it, that is AutoHotkey plus Chrome Launcher, I hope you enjoy it half as much as I do.