Matt added some hotkeys back in 2006 but there are only 4 of them and they will not open or close a program. I used a script editor to create closing and navigation keys for Windows Media Player. I then converted them to .exe files so anyone can run them. I use AutoHotKey a free script creator language which comes with it's own editor, converted to .exe files, and many many more extras. The website is located at
The documentation is great and the forum is active and helpful with loads of examples. A script file to open and navagate a program would be about 1k each for simple commands like file, back, forward, and play. If converted to .exe each file would be about 198k .
To shut down a program requires you to acquire focus on that program then initate the close down command. Acquireing focus without a lot of programing is not to difficult but you have to be willing to compromise on esthetics and allow the program to flash open, focus, to execute your command an return to a minimized file, assuming it was minimized, while it closes down. That is unless you want it maximized after executing the command then you need another command or simply run the first command such as play then run another command that would maximize the program while it is playing. I know this is confusing but if you can not gain focus the program can not be controlled. Try looking at these scripts at http://www.autohotkey.com/forum/search.php?mode=results
There are no perfect answers. We have asked for the ability to run Windows Keyboard Shortcuts many times and if you had them you would still have the Focus problem to deal with. Good luck!!