Hi, I'm a returning Mac user (left at OS 9), and happy to be back! I've searched for a while at this and other forums and can't find the answer to this basic question - how to invoke a keyboard command to launch an application. I know there are all sorts of ways to invoke menu actions etc. from the keyboard (launch System Prefs, the Home directory, hide windows etc. etc.) - but I can't seem to figure out how to assign an application to launch with a simple keyboard command. Something like "apple - shift - 1" to start Word, or whatever. In the old OS 9 days there was a program called Program Switcher which I think did this. In XP today there's a great shareware app called "Blue Vade Hotkey" which does this well. Thanks. You have no idea (or rather, maybe you do) how truly terrific it is to be Mac, uh, I mean back.