I tried "Windows Hotkey Explorer" (WHE) and it exploded in my face in a spectacular fashion. (Do NOT ever run this if you are on Windows 8 or higher. It will just PRESS each and every hotkey. You will end up with a zoomed, flipped, narrator-activated, unusable desktop.)

So. Is there something that does what WHE tries to do that actually works in Windows 10?

I have googled without success.

Related links

  • This question suggests either WHE or Delphi. WHE fails terribly on Win 10. And I don't have Delphi.
  • This question suggests WHE. WHE fails terribly on Win 10.
  • This question suggests either WHE or Delphi. WHE fails terribly on Win 10. And I don't have Delphi.
  • Only dead links here.
  • WHE is not listed at AlternativeTo.Net.

Update 2016-06-07. Why do I care?

Yesterday I spent about an hour looking for the program that caused notepad to no longer accept Ctrl+P. Normally that hotkey opens the "Print" dialog. Yesterday it did nothing at all.

It turned out that the QNAP NAS utility QfinderPro.exe had somehow grabbed that key combination. As soon as I had stopped that program Ctrl+P started working again.

And I would like a tool that could tell me what hotkey is registered by what program. Basically I am looking for a version of WHE that works on Windows 10.

  • By hotkeys I assume you are just looking for HotKeys on Shortcuts?
    – Tom
    Jun 6, 2016 at 20:55
  • @Tom: No. Not just shortcuts. See update. Jun 7, 2016 at 6:29
  • I too have this problem. I would appoint an bounty for this question, but the offer on a bounties between the sites is unfortunately decline :( . You asked a question at other forums? Jul 20, 2016 at 7:07

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@obe recommended NirSoft HotKeysList. I will try to rephrase his recommendations in a form more suitable for this forum:

Unfortunately, this program will tell you that a hotkey is in use, but it will not tell you by what process. It could be quite valuable if you paired this with the troubleshooting processes recommended in this SuperUser link. As an additional bit of unfortunateness, it is also completely unsuitable for the OP's purpose, as the software explains: "This utility works on any version of Windows, starting from Windows 2000 and up to Windows 8."

The software is free for use, as are most NirSoft offerings.

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    Why not edit obe's answer instead? Aug 23, 2016 at 19:50
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    ... Especially because it really doesn't work on WIndows 10 Aug 23, 2016 at 20:02
  • Because when I made the original reply, I though it would come close, but on further inspection, it doesn't. I don't have an answer that would satisfy the OP's request. I have reached out to one person in the 'deep-within-windows' community to see if such a mythical beast still exists, but haven't heard back yet. I'm guessing in the age of Windows 8+, this is no longer do-able. Aug 25, 2016 at 15:53
  • I am wanting to find this also, as I use AutoHotKey to add hotkeys, but those have now ceased to work correctly since updating to Windows 10 AE. I also want to find out what is capturing my hotkey, so I can stop it. Aug 25, 2016 at 15:55
  • It is listing hotkeys for me on windows 10. Tough I'm unsure it is listing them all.
    – beppe9000
    Sep 12, 2016 at 17:22

I found NirSoft Hotkey List.

It doesn't seem to give a full list on my machine but it gives some. Hope it helps.

  • Welcome to Software Recommendations! Please read meta.softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/questions/356/… Please add at least a screenshot and explanation of how it works, plus price information.
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Jul 20, 2016 at 0:47
  • I didn't know that program existed, so thanks. (And I thought I knew all the NirSoft stuff.) But unfortunately that doesn't help a lot. It only tells you IF a hotkey is registered. But crucially, it does NOT tell you by what program. Jul 20, 2016 at 6:47
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    Seriously? I get voted down for lack of a screenshot? For not putting on pricing? I am not in their marketing department... I don't know how it works - it's a piece of software that I found and was able to run on Windows 10 and it has a screenshot right at the top of the linked page. Not very motivating... would this page have been better off without my answer? I hope so because with the next question I think I might be able to help with I'm not going to bother to even try...
    – obe
    Jul 20, 2016 at 6:51
  • Yeah. Seems a bit harsh. Wasn't me. Jul 20, 2016 at 18:57
  • All NirSoft software is free of charge (at least, I think so -- every one I've ever used has been.) Aug 23, 2016 at 15:42

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