For your second point, you could create a shortcut for Word. Right click it and go into Properties then enter one of the F keys in the Shortcut Key Box. If you just enter a number, you end up with ctr-alt-number as the shortcut key.
Thanks for coming to my rescue bertiecharlie, I will try the minimise option. Any ideas on providing a dialog which allows you to press 1 to say bootup Word, press 2 for Excel using similar syntax you found for me. Thanks David
If you have a look in "help and support" you wiil find the following, which seems to be what you want to do!
"To specify shortcut keys for specific programs Before beginning this procedure, please refer to the documentation that came with the program to verify a shortcut was installed.
Open My Computer. Locate the program file (.exe) or the program's shortcut icon. Right-click the program file or shortcut, and then click Properties. Click the Program tab for an MS-DOS program or the Shortcut tab for a Windows program. With the cursor in the Shortcut key box, select the keyboard key you want to use in combination with CTRL+ALT. Shortcut keys automatically start with CTRL+ALT. The Shortcut key box will display None until you select the key and then the box will display Ctrl+Alt+the key you selected. You cannot use the ESC, ENTER, TAB, SPACEBAR, PRINT SCREEN, SHIFT, or BACKSPACE keys."