AutoHotkey is a simple yet powerful hotkey (shortcut key) scripting language for Windows. You can customize your keyboard, joystick and mouse with a free automation tool that is backward compatible with AutoIt v2. Make any key, mouse/joystick button, or combination into a hotkey. Create custom GUI windows and menu bars. Automate almost anything: Send keystrokes & mouse clicks; launch programs/documents; work with the clipboard, registry, & soundcard settings. Includes quick-start tutorial, automatic script writer, and comprehensive help file.
This tool is very handy for automating repetitive tasks and creating hotkeys that aren't limited to combinations allowed by Windows.
Those new to scripting will want to read The tutorial at the author's site. It is easy to read and very helpful.