What is ATK Hotkey Utility?

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What is ATK Hotkey Utility?
Most modern computers allow keys to be programmed as "hotkeys." (Getty Thinkstock)

Most laptops make it possible for users to perform tasks by pressing a designated key. These keys are known as hotkeys and they can be set to perform a huge range of computer tasks, such as increasing volume and accessing an internet page. In order for laptops to provide this ability, the device requires a hotkeys software programme, such as ATK Hotkey Utility.

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ATK Hotkey Utility

ATK Hotkey Utility is a software programme used by Lenovo and Asus. All Lenovo and Asus laptops with function keys will be sold with the ATK Utility software pre-installed. The software is designed to make use of all the function keys and shortcuts, whilst aiming to make it quicker and easier for users to accesses the laptops functions that they use on a regular basis. The utility includes shortcuts which are activated by using the "Fn" key, as well as media controlled keys and internet shortcut keys. Differences occur depending on the model of the computer being used.

ATK-Media Hotkeys

Some models of Asus laptop provide users with a different version of ATK called ATK Media. This version of the utility provides users with extra features that allow them to use Hotkeys to control the media files on their laptop. The ATK Media software enables the device to link the functions of the media hotkeys to commands used for Windows media center. This feature means that users can navigate their way through their media content quicker and easier.

Personalise Hotkeys

As well as the pre-programmed "Hotkeys" users can personalise the function of the hotkeys to suit their needs. This is known as "remapping." As well as personalising hotkeys, users can also disable them. A list of all pre-programmed hotkeys is usually provided with the user manual. However, if this is unavailable users can also access information for their device on the Asus and Lenovo websites.

Software drivers

As with all computer software, users may find that they need to update drivers in order to keep the utility running smoothly and to fix any issues they might encounter. Software drivers can be found and downloaded for free on the Asus and Lenovo websites. It is particularly important to update drivers if you are changing operating systems on your laptop, as certain software drivers are not compatible with all operating systems.

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