AutoHotkey Restores Backspace Key's Folder Function

Don't like how Windows 7 makes use of the Backspace key? Use AutoHotKey to give it an XP makeover.


by Rick Broida, PC World - If, like me, you're a fan of keyboard shortcuts, you may have noticed that in Windows Vista and Windows 7, the Backspace key doesn't work like it used to.

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Obviously it still erases the character to the left of your cursor. But when you're viewing folders in Windows Explorer, Backspace no longer moves you "up" a folder in the hierarchy like it did in Windows XP. Instead, it takes you back to the previous folder you were viewing, which isn't exactly the same thing.

It's a minor hassle, to be sure, but one that shortcut purists will undoubtedly bemoan once they make the move from XP. Fortunately, there's an AutoHotkey-powered solution.

AutoHotkey, in case you missed my last two posts, is a free macro/scripting tool that can automate tasks, remap keyboard keys, and so on. Yesterday you learned how to use AHK to auto-complete text as you type.

Over at the How-To Geek blog, there's an AHK script that makes the Backspace key function in Windows Vista/7 the same way it did in XP--from a folder-navigation perspective, that is.

I won't regurgitate the steps here, as they're perfectly clear over there. Suffice it to say, if you want your Backspace key to work the way it used to, AutoHotkey offers a free and easy answer.

Don't forget to check back tomorrow and Friday for more AHK goodness!

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