The "`" character (I don't know what it is called) is an authentic single key on the keyboard, and should not be used (even if it could be) as a single key to start an app up. That would be just bad practice.
Following @mouser's comment:
...Don't knock it till you try it! That's the key I use on my laptop (which doesn't have a Pause/Break key) -- works well for me, and is in a convenient location.
- using Win8-64 PRO I have tried this out as a single-key toggle for FARR. It works perfectly.
I think I shall keep it reserved for that purpose, despite it being - from my training/experience - "just bad practice". It's really very convenient as @mouser
By the way, I did not know it before, but I have learned now that the correct name for this key beneath the tilde
mark (used as a Spanish writing accent) is the grave
(a mark "`" placed over a vowel in some languages to indicate a feature such as altered sound quality. - ORIGIN C17: Fr. grave).
I would normally have no use whatsoever for the grave
key, as I use grave/acute accents for French spelling over the vowel as built-in to the European character set installed in my laptop.
I do occasionally use the tilde
when writing, so do not want to reserve that for something else.
So I changed to Alt+Space, which is better as it can be done with the left hand only.That <Alt-Space> keypress opens the System menu on most Windows applications...
- so, as well as adopting the grave
key as the FARR toggle (arguably bad practice), I have also released the Alt+Space
key combo back to the system (arguably good practice).