HotKeys doesn’t really do much, and there are probably other programs that do the same thing. What sets HotKeys apart from the pack is the interface and the use of the Caps Lock key (and a few built in functions).
HotKeys allows you to set hot key combinations with the windows keys, found at the bottom of your keyboard (at least most keyboards). There are several that are already built into Windows, such as win-i for Internet Explorer, etc. With HotKeys, you can reprogram the existing ones and add your own by mearly dragging a shortcut or application icon onto a keyboard that appears when you hold down one of the windows keys for a few seconds.
HotKeys has two built in functions, which are very nice. win-PageUp and win-PageDown control speaker volume and display a nice graphic to show the current volume level. win-T displays a clock with the current time.
I have always preferred keyboards that click when you type and those have become hard to find or when found, expensive. I still use a vintage 1987 IBM keyboard. No other keyboard is as durable or has the same feel. The down side to using older keyboards is they don’t have many of the specialized buttons the new ones do, such as volume or even the common windows keys. While I am old school, I still would prefer some of the luxuries of the newer keyboards. HotKeys fills this much needed void. You can program it to use the Caps Lock key as a windows key. This opens up all the windows shortcuts for us retro programmers. The down side is I no longer have a Caps Lock key, although it’s really a good trade off. After all, when was the last time you used your Caps Lock key?
Even if you don’t have a retro keyboard, I highly recommend this software.