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Conflicting hotkeys for OneNote (Windows+S)

  1. #1


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    Win 8.1 Pro 64 bit

    Conflicting hotkeys for OneNote (Windows+S)


    At my school we use OneNote all the time (projecting onto the board) to do class notes, with the students either taking them down during the lesson or just sitting back and watching and getting them off the school site later. One of the great features in OneNote has always been the Windows+S hotkey that allows you to capture part of the screen and paste it into your notes. This allows us to paste in captures from texts, websites and other software and annotate it. For example, if you're teaching trig on the unit circle the you can run software to demo it and capture and paste into the notes. Or if a student's having problems with the homework you can capture from the textbook (most come as a PDF these days), paste into OneNote and then demo the solution.

    The problem is that in Windows 8 the Windows+S hotkey combo is a system command used to provide a shortcut to the Windows search command. So far this is only impacting me because I'm trialling Windows 8 while everyone else is still on Windows 7.

    Does anyone know how to resolve this? Can you disable the Windows+S system command so that it can continue to be a OneNote hotkey? Or something else? Anyone got a clever idea? I *really* don't want to lose the Windows+S capture!

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  2. #2


    Posts : 3
    Win 8.1 Pro 64 bit


    Just in case anyone else comes looking for the solution to the same problem, I found the answer here. It's a registry addition that changes the shortcut key from Windows+S to Windows+A (or anything else you want that doesn't conflict with Win 8's keys).
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  3. #3


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    Windows Server 2012 R2 / 8.1


    do you have "Send to OneNOTE" to look for this just bring up the start screen and type in Onenote, you should see an application call "Send to OneNote".

    If you launch that application and have it set to run automatically with OneNote the + S key should now be activated to take screenshots instead of doing search.

    should look like this:

    Click image for larger version

    Cheers,
    Harry
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  4. #4


    Posts : 3
    Win 8.1 Pro 64 bit


    I don't appear to have the application you mention. I did a Win+S but only saw OneNote. Perhaps because I have Office 2010 rather than 2013?

    I do thank you for your suggestion but the solution I eventually found of reassigning the clip shortcut key to Win+A works perfectly. It also doesn't have the drawback that yours does that you lose the ability to use Win+S for search.
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  5. #5


    UK
    Posts : 333
    Windows Server 2012 R2 / 8.1


    No worries well glad you found a solution.

    have a good day!

    Cheers,
    Harry
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