How to create a Windows shortcut

Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope

The Microsoft Windows logo.Shortcuts are a great way to quickly access programs, files, folders, and even web pages. They can be conveniently placed on your desktop or in certain directories or folders. There are a few methods used to achieve these results. To proceed, make your selection from the list below follow the steps below.

Create a shortcut using Microsoft's wizard

This method allows users to create shortcuts on the Windows desktop or in a folder.

  1. Right-click a blank space on the Windows desktop, a folder, or in a directory.
  2. Move your mouse cursor over New in the drop-down menu that appears.

The selector to create a new item in Windows.

  1. Then select Shortcut.

The selector to create a shortcut in Windows.

  1. On the Create Shortcut window, click the The Browse button in Windows. button.
  2. Locate the program for which you'd like to create a shortcut (A), and then click OK (B).

The menu in which users may create a desktop shortcut.

  1. Click the The next button. button.
  2. Type in a name for the shortcut, then click the The finish button in Windows. button.

Tip: You can pin a desktop shortcut for a program to the taskbar by dragging and dropping it there.

Create a shortcut from a folder

  1. Open the Windows File Explorer by pressing the Windows key and E at the same time.
  2. Browse to the folder that contains the program for which you'd like to create a shortcut.
  3. Right-click on the program and select Create Shortcut from the drop-down menu that appears.

The selector used to create a shortcut in Microsoft Windows.

  1. Doing so will create a shortcut named "<selected program's name> - Shortcut" in the current directory.

Tip: If you want to rename this shortcut, right-click the file and select Rename.

  1. Once the steps above have been completed, you can right-click the shortcut to copy or cut it, and then paste it to another location.