Continuing with the newly added notepad tool from Friday’s tip, you can use the External Tools dialog to sort your list of external tools as they will appear on the Tools menu.  To the right you’ll find the Move up and Move down.

External Tools Notepad Top of List

You can specify a mnemonic (also known as a keyboard accelerator) by putting an ampersand in the Title.

Notepad ampersand in title

Now under Tools menu, you can simply press ‘n’ to launch notepad.

Notepad with mnemonic

If there’s a mnemonic conflict, the focus will jump between (or among) all the commands that share that mnemonic, such that hitting enter will execute the command.  But it is ideal to have no conflicts.

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