Accelerator Key/Shortcut

An accelerator key, or shortcut, is a keyboard shortcut that is accessed by holding down modifier keys ("Shift," "Ctrl," "Alt," or some combination of these) and pressing another key on the keyboard.  Accelerators are implemented using an accelerator table resource.  Accelerator shortcuts appear to the right of a menu item's text.


Figure:  Example of a "File" menu where three menu items have an accelerator key that executes the same command.