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    Keyboard Cowboy Alternatives

    Keyboard Cowboy is described as 'hotkey shortcut manager that is both powerful and easy to use. It can launch applications, switch between them, open url schemes and open both files and folders' and is an app in the OS & Utilities category. There are four alternatives to Keyboard Cowboy for Windows and Mac. The best alternative is HotKeyz, which is free. Other great apps like Keyboard Cowboy are KeyText (Paid), yKey (Paid) and mdAxel (Free).

    This page was last updated Jan 26, 2022

    1. HotKeyz is a keyboard utility with hotkey control for executing other files, folders or RUN commands. Launch applications in a Normal, Minimized or Maximized State.


      The official website is no longer available. Last version, 2.8.3, released on June 2010, can be still downloaded from Softpedia.

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    2. KeyText: keyboard macro program with hotkey, multiple clipboard, and Windows automation features. Eliminate repetitive typing, dialogs, and other tasks.
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    3. Formerly iKey (changed with v2.6, 2017-04-12), yKey creates shortcuts for an action or sequence of actions that can be launched by hotkey, menu, timer, event or a USB trigger.
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      • Windows
      mdAxel enables to define shortcut key for creating new folder and make possible to change some other stuff. There are some useful features like auto enter into just created folder.
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