How to create a Windows shortcut
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.
Create a shortcut using Microsoft's wizard
This method allows users to create shortcuts on the Windows desktop or in a folder.
- Right-click a blank space on the Windows desktop, a folder, or in a directory.
- Move your mouse cursor over New in the drop-down menu that appears.
- Then select Shortcut.
- On the Create Shortcut window, click the button.
- Locate the program you'd like to use for the shortcut (A), and then click OK (B).
- Click the button.
- Type in a name for the shortcut, then click the button.
Create a shortcut from a folder
- Open the Windows File Explorer by pressing Windows key+E at the same time.
- Browse to the folder containing the program you want to use for the shortcut.
- Right-click the program and select Create Shortcut from the drop-down menu that appears.
- Doing so creates a shortcut named "<selected program's name> - Shortcut" in the current directory.
If you want to rename this shortcut, right-click the file and select Rename.
- After completing the steps above, you can right-click the shortcut to copy or cut it, and then paste it to another location.
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- See the shortcut definition for further information and related links.
- Microsoft Windows help and support.