Ever wondered if it’s possible to apply Windows 7 themes using a single keystroke? It sure as hell is possible!
Download And Install AutoHotkey
1. Head over to http://www.autohotkey.com and download the fantastic installer
2. After the installation get familiar with Autohotkey
You will find various Autohotkey tutorials on our site:
- How to disable Alt+Tab in Windows 7
- How to disable function keys in Windows 7
- Bind Text To Shortcuts
Create Batch File To Apply Windows 7 Themes
As described in our tutorial how to schedule Windows 7 themes you can apply themes using a batch file.
1. Open the notepad editor
2. Insert the following text:
rundll32.exe %SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL %SystemRoot%\system32\desk.cpl desk,@Themes /Action:OpenTheme /file:”C:\Windows\Resources\Themes\1.theme”
Make sure to replace the quotes with real quotes and rename 1.theme to the name of your own theme e.g. Skyrim.theme
3. When you save the text file, select “All files” from the dropdown and add the extension .bat to the filename
4. Open the AutoHotkey.ahk text file and insert:
5. Change the path C:\Scripts\apply.bat to the location of your own bat file that we created in step 2.
^ = CTRL
! = ALT
i = i
You can now use the key combo CTRL + ALT + I to change your Windows 7 theme to the specified theme in the bat file.
6. Simply modify the script using the AutoHotkey syntax if you don’t like the current key combo. Shift is a plus sign, but you can use all other keys as well.
Applying the Windows 7 themes with a single key combo is a nice option if you have multiple favorite themes that you regularly use. Once you get bored of a theme you can quickly change to another without opening up the Personalization Control Panel.
Do you have any other cool ideas for AutoHotkey scripts that involve Windows 7 themes? If so send them to us via mail win7themes at googlemail dot com – we’ll reward the best tips.
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