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Basic Concepts Associated With What Desktop Shortcuts Are And How They Are Used in Windows XP, Windows 7
Author: Michael J. Casimir
Last Modified October 27, 2013
Applies To:
Windows XP Home
Windows XP Professional
Applies To:
Windows XP
Windows 7
Desktop Shortcuts

Introduction

Desktop shortcuts provide a faster way of accessing software applications, games, shortcuts, and documents. There are a variety of reasons why you would want to create a shortcut. You might want an easier way of accessing a software application instead of launching it through the Start menu. You might have several document folders that you would like to see a shortcut to on your desktop. Or you might want to access a feature from the Windows control panel straight from your desktop instead of going through the Control Panel to link to it. Whatever the situation desktop shortcuts are the easiest and fastest way to launch your favorite stuff!

In this tutorial I examine the very easy process of creating desktop shortcuts in both Windows XP and Windows 7.

It is quite simple to create a shortcut in Windows XP The Windows start menu key Professional.

  1. Figure out which program, application, document, or webpage that you would like to have a shortcut made for. For the purpose of this tutorial, we are going to make a shortcut pointing to a folder on a hard drive called ShortcutTest.

  2. Next, minimize any open programs on your screen so that you can clearly see an empty area on your Windows Windows desktop. Right click an empty area on the desktop and a pop-up menu will appear. Select the item New.

 

 

 


This window will confirm the new shortcut's details.The Windows start menu key

  1. Left click the Back button to go back to the previous screen to make changes.

  2. Left click the Finish button to confirm the creation of the new shortcut.

  3. To abort the entire operation left click the Cancel button.








  4. Select a title for the shortcut The Windows start menu key by entering a name in the input box. This final window will confirm that Windows has successfully made a new shortcut. You can type anything you would prefer for the shortcut's name.















  5. Left click the Finish button to confirm the operation.

  6. Your new shortcut will be visible on the desktop!

How To Create A Shortcut In Windows Vista and Windows 7

In Windows 7 the instructions for creating shortcuts is roughly the same so here they are:

  1. Right click an empty area on the desktop and a pop-up menu will appear. Select the item New from the drop-down menu.

    Creating a new shiortcut step 1: Accessing the create shortcut dialog window.

  2. The new shortcut window will appear.

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  3. For the purpose of this tutorial we will create a shortcut to the program in the C:\WINDOWS directory named notepad.

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  4. Your new shortcut will now be visible on the desktop.

    Congratulations! You now know how to create a shortcut on your Windows desktop.

Sending Shortcuts To The Desktop

In Windows 7 you can send a shortcut to the destkop from any file, folder, or application right within Windows Explorer. Here's how:

  • Launch Windows Explorer by left clicking Start.

  • In the Start Search box type Windows Explorer and wait.

  • In the list of results left click the Windows Explorer link at the top of the menu.

  • Figure out which program, application, document, or webpage that you would like to have a shortcut made for. For the purpose of this tutorial, we are going to make a shortcut pointing to the documents folder for the current user profile.

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  1. Once you figure out which program you want to make a shortcut for right click on the program or document name.

  2. Left click Send To. From the pop-up menu that appears left click Send To Desktop (Create Shortcut) item.

  3. Your new shortcut will be visible on the desktop.

Congratulations! You now know how to send a shortcut to the desktop directly through Windows Explorer.

 
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