What is a Shortcut?
A shortcut is a link to a specific application or file.
The shortcut icon can be placed anywhere and enables quick access to a program or file no matter where it is stored. It does require the user to know the location of the original software application or file to be launched.
Creating a File or Application Shortcut
You can create a shortcut from an application already listed in your Start menu, or by using the Create Shortcut
Creating a Shortcut from an Application on Your Start Menu
- Click Start→Programs and find the application for which you'd like to create a shortcut.
- Right-click on icon for the application, and then left-click the Create Shortcut menu option.
- A second entry for application appears under the first one.
- Hold down the left mouse button and drag the second shortcut to the Desktop, to a location on your Start menu, the Quick Launch bar, etc.
Creating a Shortcut Using the Create Shortcut Dialog
- Right-click the desktop and select New>Shortcut.
- On the menu that follows, left-click the Shortcut choice.
- When the Create Shortcut dialog appears click the Browse... button.
- Browse to
C:\Program Files, and locate the application for which you are creating a shortcut.
- Click on the
.exefile and click the OK button.
- In the Create Shortcut dialog, click the Next > button.
- Edit the name for the shortcut if you like, and then click the Finish button.
Create a Shortcut to a Web Resource
- Open your browser to the Web page or Web application that you want.
- Resize your browser so you can see both your computer's desktop and the browser window at the same time.
- Click and hold the icon that appears at the left edge of the URL address bar.
- While holding the left mouse button down, move your cursor pointer to the desktop-notice that the icon appear to move with the cursor-then release the mouse button. Voilà! The shortcut will be created.
Deleting a Shortcut
- Right-click on the shortcut.
- Left-click on Delete.