Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

File menu with hotkeysAlternatively referred to as a shortcut, a hotkey is a key or combination of keys used together. For example, Alt+F on a Microsoft Windows computer drops down the file menu. The hotkey is represented by a letter that is underlined, as shown in the picture.

By default, most programs will not show the hotkey underline until you press the Alt key. In Windows 7 Microsoft decided to have this feature hidden in many Microsoft programs including Internet Explorer. To re-enable this feature follow the instructions below.

  1. Open the Control Panel
  2. In the Control Panel click Ease of Access
  3. In Ease of Access click Change how your keyboard works
  4. Finally, check the Underline keyboard shortcuts and access keys and then click Ok.

Keyboard terms, Shortcut, Shortcut key