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This package was approved by moderator gep13 on 9/2/2016.

WinHotKey allows you to assign "hot keys" that do various things. Actions that can be done with a hotkey are:

  • Launch a Program
  • Open a document
  • Open a folder
  • Automatically type something (Sorry, this feature doesn't work on Vista, Windows 7, or later)
  • Control other windows on the screen

The main goal of this tool is to be easy to use. There are many other hotkey programs out there, but most of them do not provide a sufficient level of "ease of use". This walks the user through the options, while remaining a powerful tool.

When running, the program sits in the system tray. Double-clicking on the system tray icon will bring up the main window.

To install WinHotKey, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco install winhotkey

To upgrade WinHotKey, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco upgrade winhotkey


  • tools\chocolateyInstall.ps1 Show
    $packageName = 'winhotkey'
    $fileType = 'exe'
    $url = '' 
    Install-ChocolateyPackage $packageName $fileType $silentArgs $url -Checksum 0db56e24fbb0732cff06d7186d9a507cb026989d61d5a1e19c45497ba36b12fa -ChecksumType 'sha256'
  • tools\chocolateyUninstall.ps1 Show
    $packageName = 'winhotkey'
    $fileType = 'exe'
    $scriptPath = Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition
    $ahkFile = "$scriptPath\killwinhotkey.ahk"
    $registryPath32 = 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WinHotKey_is1'
    $registryPathWow6432 = 'HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Uninstall\WinHotKey_is1'
    if (Test-Path $registryPath32) {
    $registryPath = $registryPath32
    if (Test-Path $registryPathWow6432) {
    $registryPath = $registryPathWow6432
    if ($registryPath) {
    $uninstallString = (Get-ItemProperty -Path $registryPath -Name 'UninstallString').UninstallString
    if ($uninstallString) {
    Start-Process 'AutoHotkey' $ahkFile
    Uninstall-ChocolateyPackage $packageName $fileType $silentArgs $uninstallString
  • tools\killwinhotkey.ahk Show
    ; wait for uninstaller to start
    sleep 5000
    while (true)
    	; if uninstaller is running kill everything that has to do with winhotkey. else it opens on its own and waits to be closed.
    	Process, Exist, unins000.exe
    	IF (!ErrorLevel= 0)
    	Process, Close, WinHotKey.exe
    	Process, Close, WinHotKeyCfg.exe
    	sleep, 1000

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Package Maintainer(s)

Software Author(s)

  • Brian Mathis


Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
WinHotKey 0.70 241 Tuesday, December 30, 2014 approved

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