Microsoft keyboard shortcuts work differently for different people. It is convenient for those who are used to them. But those who couldn’t get used to them because they cannot remember the shortcuts in order to be able to use them, it does not make much sense. Microsoft, thoughtful as the developers are, listed shortcut keys in the menu for some programs. Some use that. And some don’t know about it. If you just found out about this and want to learn how to make use of it, you have come to the right place.
You might not have found the shortcut keys listed in the menu because they are not visible. By default, this feature is disabled. If you want to use the list of shortcut keys, you need to enable it. Don’t worry, the process of enabling the shortcut keys in the menu does not involve using some shortcut keys.
Underline & Highlight Menu Shortcut Keys
Both the processes listed below are for Windows 11/10. The process is quite simple, and the settings are available in the Ease of Access Keyboard Settings on Windows 11/10. All you need to do is follow the simple steps listed below.
Via Windows Settings
This is the simplest method on the list. See if it works for you.
In Windows 10:
- Open ‘Settings’ to find the main menu.
- Find ‘Ease of Access’ and select it.
- Go to ‘Keyboard’. You will find it in the left panel.
- Scroll down on the right pane and find the ‘Other Settings’ segment.
- In the Other Settings, find ‘Enable shortcut underline’ and select it.
If this worked, you would get to see the shortcut keys underlined in the menus you open.
In Windows 11, open Settings > Accessibility > Turn on Underline access keys.
When you have enabled the shortcut keys in the menu, some other things change as well. This isn’t an individual setting by default. So, when you have enabled the shortcut keys highlight, there will be other things highlighted in your Windows OS. One of those things is, the power level slider in the Battery section. It won’t be highlighted by default, but after you have followed the steps to show the shortcut key, this too will automatically happen.
If this is annoying for you, you can make a physical note of the shortcut keys for different menus when it is enabled, and then disable it altogether, following the same steps mentioned above, to get to the space where you get the option to disable it.
If you don’t mind this, you can have fun browsing what else the enabling of the shortcut keys changed in your system. It will be a good pastime for a while, and you might also find the highlighting feature more convenient to guide you through what you need.
Via Control Panel
Another way you can enable the keyboard shortcuts is through the Control Panel:
- Go to Control Panel from the search bar.
- Select ‘Ease of Access Center’.
- Scroll down to find the ‘Make the keyboard easier to use’ option and click it.
- Scroll down to find the ‘Underline Keyboard Shortcuts and Access Keys’ option. Click on it.
- Scroll a down a little more to find ‘OK’ and click it to save the changes.
This seems like the simpler procedure of the two. But why the first one is given first is because you will have to start getting used to it. Microsoft will be moving everything to Settings. The good old Control Panel will soon become obsolete. So better start getting used to the change before it is the only option.
You can trust Microsoft to make sure the Settings panel will be organized and convenient to use. Maybe it is for the better, but Control Panel will be missed.