How can I determine which process owns a hotkey in Windows?

Hotkeys, frequently referred to as keyboard shortcuts, are key combinations that allow you to quickly perform tasks on your computer. Many applications and programs have their own hotkeys, and it can be difficult to remember what each key combination does. As an IT administrator, it is important to be able to determine which process owns a hotkey so that you can identify conflicts between the hotkeys of different applications. In this article, we will discuss how to determine which process owns a hotkey in Windows.

The first step in determining which process owns a hotkey is to open the Windows Task Manager. To do this, right-click on the taskbar and select “Task Manager.” Once the Task Manager is open, select the “Details” tab and look for the “Process Name” column. This column will list all of the processes that are running on your system.

Once you have identified the process that you are looking for, right-click on the process and select “Go to Details.” This will open the Details tab for the process in the Task Manager. Scroll down to the “Keyboard Shortcuts” section and look for the hotkey that you are looking for. The “Keyboard Shortcuts” section will list all of the hotkeys associated with the process, along with the command that is executed when the hotkey is used.

If you are unable to identify the hotkey in the Task Manager, you can use the Windows Registry Editor to search for the hotkey. To do this, open the Start Menu, type “regedit” in the search box, and select the “regedit” application. Once the Registry Editor is open, navigate to the following location:


In this location, you will find a list of all of the hotkeys for the current user. Each hotkey is listed as a string value and includes the name of the process associated with the hotkey.

By using the Windows Task Manager and Registry Editor, you can easily determine which process owns a hotkey. This can be especially useful if you are trying to identify conflicts between hotkeys of different applications. Understanding which process owns a hotkey is also beneficial when troubleshooting issues related to hotkey behavior.

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