Clavier+ 10.8.2


Clavier allows creating keyboard shortcuts involving almost any key, including the Windows keys located around the spacebar.


Download installer – Clavier+ 10.8.2 – 64 bits version (8 July 2018, 572 Kb)

Download portable Zip (USB keys) – Clavier+ 10.8.2 – 64 bits version (8 July 2018, 52 Kb)

Source code hosted on GitHub.

New in version 10.8.2: better sorting order for the “shortcut” column; documentation URLs migrated to HTTPS.

New in version 10.8.1: Polish translation.

New in version 10.8.0: usage counter for each shortcut, simplified Chinese translation.

32-bit versions

Download installer – Clavier+ 10.8.2 – 32 bits version (8 July 2018, 568 Kb)

Download portable Zip – Clavier+ 10.8.2 – 32 bits version (8 July 2018, 48 Kb)

Old versions

Download installer – Clavier+ 10.6.6 – last version compatible with Windows 95/98/ME (10 November 2013, 538 Kb)

Download portable Zip – Clavier+ 10.6.6 – last version compatible with Windows 95/98/ME (10 November 2013, 35 Kb)

Download portable Zip – Clavier+ 9.5 – oldest version (4 September 2006, 32 Kb)


Clavier+ is translated into six languages: Brazilian Portuguese, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Russian, simplified Chinese.

If you would like to contribute an additional translation, please contact me at for detailed instructions. Do not use resource translation software that modify executables or produce *.rc files as I would not be able to your the result of your work. Instead, I will prepare a special copy of Clavier.rc for you to work with.


Main window of Clavier+

The keyboard shortcut Windows + N is associated to Notepad.

Clavier allows creating keyboard shortcuts involving almost any key, including the Windows keys located around the spacebar.

The created shortcuts can be associated to launching programs or writing text.

You always launch the same programs, navigate to the same websites? Create a simple shortcut to do it quicker.

Tired of writing your E-mail address? Create a universal keyboard shortcut to write it: it will work under Word, Excel, and your favorite Internet browser!


See the help file for more information about Clavier+.


If you want to support the development of my freeware, you are welcome to make a donation:


This software is provided under the GPLv3 license.

In particular:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Clavier+ does not work or no longer works !

If the articles below do not provide a solution to your issue, you can read the help forum or contact me at

I develop Clavier+ for free in my spare time therefore I offer no phone support.

I cannot help you with questions related to any software other than Clavier+. For instance Clavier+ cannot do anything about it if you see error messages when launching MS Outlook with a keyboard shortcut, or if the new version of some software is incompatible with Clavier+.

Please be accurate and informative in your messages. Read this article to get the idea.

How to automate an action in MyFavoriteProgram with Clavier+?

Clavier+ is a self-service software. As each use case is unique, it is up to you to configure it according to your needs. I will not find the right keystrokes for you. I cannot help you with programs other than Clavier+.

You can of course contact me to report Clavier+ bugs, ask for documentation clarification, request a new feature, etc.

Which Windows versions is Clavier+ compatible with?

The latest Clavier+ version is compatible with all NT family Windows versions: 2000, NT, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10. The older Clavier+ versions are compatible with Windows 95/98/ME too.

Clavier+ can’t write text in MyFavoriteProgram!

Some programs such as Microsoft Edge (the Windows 10 web browser) handle the keyboard in a non-standard way, preventing Clavier+ from writing text. To get around this problem, surround your text with [| and |], as below:

[|My text|]

If the manipulation described above does not work, do not contact me. I cannot answer questions related to incompatibilities between Clavier+ and other software.

Does Clavier+ work with games?

Most of the time, no. Games access the keyboard in low-level, for various raisons: speed, cheat protection.

How to write special characters? \ [ ] { } |

Some characters have a special meaning for Clavier+: \ [ ] { } |

You need to escape when with a backslash to write them. Example:

This is a bracket: \[, this is a single backslash: \\

How to write formatted text, e.g. bold, hyperlinks?

There is no standard way to format text: the exact procedure depends on which program you want to write text in (Word, Excel, OpenOffice).

The AutoText feature of Word allows inserting any formatted text block. With other programs, you can use keyboard shortcuts. For example, Ctrl + B often toggles the bold attribute. To make a word bold, one can write:

A [Ctrl+B]bold[Ctrl+B] word

Again, formatting hotkeys depend on the program you are using. Please refer to its documentation for more details.

Is Clavier+ available on Mac, Linux, tablet, smartphone, or any other non-Windows system?

No, Clavier+ works with Windows for PC only. I have no plans to port Clavier+ to Mac, Linux, Android, iOS/iPhone/iPad, Windows Phone, or any other system. I don’t know if these systems offer a Clavier+ equivalent. Porting Clavier+ to another system would require a full rewrite therefore a lot of work.

How to protect Clavier+ with a password?

Access to the Clavier+ shortcut list cannot be password protected. Indeed, storing data in a secure fashion is both difficult and restrictive in terms of available features. I strongly recommend using software specialized in passwords storage, such as KeePass, Password Safe or RoboForm.

How to make the numpad period key write a comma?

Click the plus shaped button, choose Write Text, press the numpad period key, then click the OK button. Write a comma in the Write text area.

How to create a shortcut to a special folder: My computer, Control panel, …?

In Windows Explorer, create a Windows shortcut to the special folder: press the right mouse button on the special folder, drag the mouse to another folder (for example C:\), release the button and choose Create shortcut here in the popup menu.

Then, in Clavier+, create a Launch a program keyboard shortcut that executes the Windows shortcut you have just created. You have to write the full path manually, and to append the .lnk extension. For example: C:\My computer.lnk if you have created a shortcut named My computer in the folder C:\.

Some special folders can be opened without the need for a shortcut. For instance, ::{20d04fe0-3aea-1069-a2d8-08002b30309d} opens My computer. The CLSIDs marked as supported by Run in this list are also available.

How to open a folder in Explorer and display the tree pane?

In the shortcut command line, insert explorer /e, before the folder path; make sure to write a comma after /e. For example: explorer /e, C:\

How to remove Clavier+ icon from the traybar?

Launch Clavier+ then quit it. Double-click on the Clavier.ini file located in the same directory than Clavier+. In the second line, that begins with Size=, replace the last zero by the digit one. For example: Size=923,501,0,0 should become Size=923,501,0,1.

As Clavier+ icon will no more be visible, you will have to launch Clavier+ twice to display its configuration window (once to launch it, once to display the window).

How to write a line return with a shortcut?

Three solutions:

How to simulate the key XYZ

Click the arrow-shape button, choose the command Simulate a Keystroke.

How to change the sound volume?

There are three keys related to sound volume:

To simulate those keys and change the volume with your keyboard, create a shortcut with Clavier+ in text mode, then write the key code in the Write text area, between brackets.

You can use the program VolumeManager to adjust the volume finely.

How to control a music player: next track, pause, etc.?

There are four keys related to music players:

These keys work even if the music player in not the active application. To use them, create a shortcut with Clavier+ in text mode, then write the key code in the Write text area, between brackets.

How to control the Internet browser: previous page, favorites, etc.?

There are several keys related to Internet browsers:

These keys work only if the Internet browser is active.

The checkbox Launch Clavier+ at Windows startup doesn’t work!

Create a shortcut to Clavier.exe in the Startup folder:

  1. Press Win + R, enter: shell:startup
  2. Right click in the Startup folder window, choose New, Shortcut.
  3. Enter the path of Clavier.exe.
How to launch two programs at once?

The solution is to enclose the path of the two programs in double brackets, in the Write text area. For example, to launch notepad and the calculator:

How to simulate a mouse click, a double-click, a right click?

You need to create a shortcut of type Write text and use the [{MouseButton,code}] special command. For example, to simulate a left click: [{MouseButton,L}]. For a double-click, execute two left clicks: [{MouseButton,L}][{MouseButton,L}]. For a right click, use the R code: [{MouseButton,R}].

How to do more complicated things, like writing the current date

You can create a VBScript program and ask Clavier+ to execute it. The generic procedure is the following: launch Notepad, write the text of your script, save it with the .VBS file extension, then associate a shortcut to it with Clavier+.

An example: write the current date in the active program.

set shell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
shell.SendKeys Date()

If you want to write the date in another format, you can use the VBScript date functions.

How to transfer Clavier+ settings to a new computer?

To keep your Clavier+ shortcuts after upgrading or reformatting your computer, you can transfer the Clavier.ini configuration file, located in Clavier+ directory. Detailed procedure:

  1. On the new computer: install Clavier+.
  2. On the new computer: click on Quit in Clavier+ configuration window, then confirm.
  3. Copy the Clavier.ini file located in Clavier+ directory from the old to the new computer.
  4. On the new computer: restart Clavier+.
Clavier+ loses its configuration whenever I restart my computer!

Clavier+ saves its configuration in a file named Clavier.ini. If it cannot do that, Clavier+ displays an error message Unable to save the settings and your changes are lost when you exit Clavier+. It is often a permissions issue: Clavier+ needs write permissions for the configuration file. To solve the issue, install Clavier+ in a directory where you have write permissions.

All my shortcuts have disappeared!

Read the article above if Clavier+ displays the Unable to save the settings error message.

If your shortcuts have suddenly disappeared without any error message, several users have reported the issue in the last few years but I have been unable to diagnose or reproduce it.

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