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Hi

I was wondering if its possible to change the Windows key action to act as if I pressed Windows Key + Q. Preferably via regedit or native setting somewhere.

Basically I just want the side-search panel when I press windows key, not the whole metro screen.
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I don't know of any native way to do this in Windows, unfortunately. The only way I know how to accomplish this is by using AutoHotKey. If you're not familiar with it, AHK is a scripting/macro/automation utility - it can be especially handy for things like remapping keys or key commands like this. I don't know for sure if it runs properly on Windows 8.1 though...but it's OK on Windows 8 so I don't think you should have any problems with it.

For your case, take the following steps:

- Install AutoHotKey.
- Right-click on your desktop, go to New > AutoHotKey Script.
- Name the new AHK file and put it some where you want to store it.
- Right-click on the AHK file and select "Edit Script".
- There should be a few lines of text started. Keep those lines and paste the following at the end and save the changes:

LWin::Send {LWin Down}q{LWin Up}
RWin::Send {RWin Down}q{RWin Up}

- Double-click the .AHK file to load it. When the AHK script is loaded, you'll see a green square with a white 'H' near the clock.

From there, every time you hit one of the Windows keys and it'll send Win+Q.

You'll likely want to load the script every time you load Windows, so you can create a shortcut to it in the "Startup" folder:

C:\Users\**USER NAME**\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

I hope this helps. smile.gif
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