How to fix Droplr hotkey issue in Windows 8

Fix Droplr hotkey issue in Windows 8

Droplr is a great service for sharing screenshots, documents and other files with people, and has a nice little desktop app for Windows to make sharing easier. Sadly, it's been more than a year since the app was last updated.

One of the app's main features allows you to set hotkeys for common commands like screen grabbing and uploading. Now, if you are a Droplr user on Windows 8, you must have spent a considerable amount of time trying to set these hotkeys.

Droplr hotkey settings in a standard theme

As you can see from the above image of Droplr's hotkey settings, when you click any of the buttons Win, Ctrl, Shift or Alt, they are not highlighted in any manner, so there's no way of knowing which button is selected and which isn't, making it very difficult to set a hotkey.

This issue has been raised on Droplr's Support Center, but the Droplr team is yet to reply.

Luckily, we found a workaround to this problem. Follow these steps:

  • Right-click on the desktop and click Personalize.
  • Select the High Contrast White theme from the High Contrast Themes category:

High Contrast Themes in Windows 8

  • Open Droplr's hotkey settings. You should now be able to distinguish between the button states:

Droplr hotkey settings in High Contrast White theme

  • Set your hotkeys, then revert back to the theme you were using earlier.

This is just a workaround rather than a proper solution. We hope that the Droplr team updates their Windows app soon.

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