Meaning – The term hotkey, refers to the key or combination of keys that perform certain tasks on the computer. They may be designated on boot or can be assigned by the user. Hotkeys are sometimes called shortcut keys. Hotkeys are supported by many operating systems and applications.

The specific task performed by a particular hotkey varies by operating system or application. However, there are commonly-used hotkeys.

The “F” or function key that comes on most computer keyboards can be viewed as a built-in set of hot keys or potential hot keys whose use is determined by the operating system or the current application.

Example of usage“When she bought the new laptop, the first thing she did was installed her essential software, and then looked up the various hotkeys that are available on the specific operating system.”