Updated: 05/23/2017 by Computer Hope

A shortcut may refer to any of the following:

Keyboard shortcut1. In Microsoft Windows, a shortcut is a link that points to a program on the computer. Shortcuts allow you to create links to programs in any folder, Start bar, Taskbar, Desktop or other locations on the computer. A shortcut in Windows has a small arrow in the bottom left corner of the icon and are files that end with a file extension of .lnk. The picture shows an example of a Windows shortcut that links to the game SimCity.

If you are more familiar with Linux, you can think of a shortcut as a symbolic link.

2. A shortcut is also used to describe a keyboard shortcut.

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