A number of Control Panel applets and features in Windows have direct hotkeys to do tasks. If you haven't taken a look at the Win key shortcuts in Windows 10 and earlier versions of Windows, you should learn them now. Recently, Windows 10 build 14361 added a hotkey to directly open the Date/Time tray flyout. That gave me an idea - why not try to open all tray applets with keyboard shortcuts?
The Windows Taskbar supports operating buttons for apps using Win key + numbers. You can make this easier by showing the numbers on the Taskbar using 7+ Taskbar Numberer when Win key is held down. Jumplists on the taskbar can also be opened by Win + Alt + 1 .. 0. For notification area, you can press Win + B and then use the right arrow key to open the tray icon you want. But there is no direct hotkey for standard applets like Network, Power, Volume. So I used AutoHotkey to create them.
Advanced Win Keys
Download the following AutoHotkey EXE script that I compiled and run its installer.
Additionally, without the use of this hotkey script, you can already use:
Win + A to open Action Center (in Windows 10 only)
Win + Space to switch Input Languages (in Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 10)
Left Alt + Shift to switch Input Languages (in Windows 7)
Win + Space to peek at the Desktop (in Windows 7)
Win + , (comma) to peek at the Desktop (in Windows 8 and Windows 10)
Now you have some quick ways to operate almost all of the standard Windows notification area (system tray) icons using keyboard shortcuts.
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