I don't know when I learnt that Windows + E opened up Windows Explorer. It must have been a while ago. But it's imprinted in my muscle memory, the number of times I hit that combo every day is probably quite high. But how many other hotkeys do I use? Asides from a few other functional ones, like Win + D, I don't use hotkeys so much. And I got to thinking, I'd love to open Google Chrome with a hotkey just like I do with explorer.

So I wrote FireKeys - a lightweight application that lets you assign hotkeys to actions. These actions could be opening program, a folder or a URL, but the underlying model is designed to be extensible.

FireKeysMain

You can get the tool from the FireKeys page. There's an article on how it was developed on the CodeProject, FireKeys - Open Programs, Folders and URLs with Hot Keys.