Creating Shortcuts

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 1, 2015)

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Creating shortcuts is easy to do in Windows. Suppose, for example, that you use the Notepad accessory quite a bit and you are tired of clicking on the Start button, selecting All Programs, selecting Accessories, and finally selecting Notepad. You can create a shortcut for the Notepad by following these steps:

  1. Click the Start button and then choose Computer. Windows opens a folder window that shows the resources on your local computer.
  2. Double-click on the drive C icon. This opens a window that shows the contents of the C drive.
  3. Double-click on the Windows folder. This opens a window that shows the contents of the Windows folder.
  4. Find the Notepad icon and drag it to the desktop, outside of any other open window, while holding down the Alt key.
  5. While you are still holding down the Alt key, drop the icon on the desktop. A shortcut is created. (See Figure 1.)
  6. Figure 1. A shortcut for the Notepad accessory.

You have now created your new shortcut. Notice that this icon has a special indicator that shows it is as a shortcut. At the bottom-left corner of the icon is an arrow that points up and to the right. The name of the icon also indicates that it is for a shortcut.

Windows provides another way you can create shortcuts, as well. All you need to do is right-click on the original item and choose Create Shortcut from the Context menu. Windows then creates a shortcut in the same folder in which the original item is located. You can then drag the shortcut to your desktop or to any other place that you want to use it.

 This tip (10868) applies to Windows 7 and 8.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is nine minus 3?

2015-06-14 14:17:03

Alan Pink

Yet another way to create a shortcut is to right-click and hold the button while you drag the cursor to the desktop. When you let go of the button, it prompts with Copy here, Move here, Create shortcuts here (or Cancel).
Note that all three methods let you select more than one file and then create a shortcut for each in one go.
A disadvantage with the first method is that you have to use the keyboard.
A disadvantage of the second method may be that you do not have write access to the original item's folder.


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