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Creating a Shortcut to a Program or File

You can create a shortcut on your desktop to a program or file using either of these method.

Method 1

  • Right-click an open area on the desktop, point to New, and then click Shortcut.
  • Click Browse.
  • Locate the program or file to which you want to create a shortcut, click the program or file, click Open, and then click Next.
  • Type a name for the shortcut. If a Finish button appears at the bottom of the dialog box, click it. If a Next button appears at the bottom of the dialog box, click it, click the icon you want to use for the shortcut, and then click Finish.

Method 2

  • Click Start, point to Programs, and then right-click the program you want to create the shortcut to.
  • Click Create Shortcut.
  • The shortcut is now at the end of the Programs list. For example, if you created a shortcut to Adobe, to find that program, click Start, and then point to Programs. You will find the shortcut, named "Adobe (2)", at the bottom of the Program list.
  • Drag the shortcut to your Desktop.

Creating Shortcuts to Other Objects
To create a shortcut on the desktop to other objects (such as a folder or computer), follow these steps:

  • Use My Computer or Windows Explorer to locate the object to which you want to create a shortcut.
  • Right-click the object, and then click Create Shortcut.
  • Drag the new shortcut to your desktop.

Helpful Hints

  • To modify settings for a shortcut, right-click the shortcut, and then click Properties. You can modify the settings for the key combination used to start the shortcut and to determine whether the program starts minimized, maximized, or normally.
  • To delete a shortcut, right-click the shortcut, and then click Delete. Or, you may drag the shortcut to the Recycle Bin. When you delete a shortcut to an object, the original object is not permanently deleted.
Page last reviewed/updated: 11/04/2011

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