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Desktop Shortcuts (for Microsoft platforms)

A shortcut is a link to an item (such as a file, folder, drive, or program) on your computer. You can create shortcuts and then place them in a convenient location so that you can easily access the item that the shortcut links to. Shortcuts can be distinguished from the original file by the arrow that appears on the icon.  This will show you different ways on how to create a shortcut of a file, folder, drive, or program.

Creating a Shortcut to a Program or File

To create a shortcut on the desktop to a program or file, there are two possible methods to choose from.

Method 1

1. Right-click an open area on the desktop, point to New, and then click Shortcut.

2. Click Browse.

3. Locate the program or file to which you want to create a shortcut, click the program or file, click Open, and then click Next.

4. Type a name for the shortcut. If a Finish button appears at the bottom of the dialog box, click it. If a Next button appears at the bottom of the dialog box, click it, click the icon you want to use for the shortcut, and then click Finish.

Method 2

1. Click Start, point to Programs, and then right-click the program you want to create the shortcut to.

2. Click Create Shortcut.

3. The shortcut is now at the end of the Programs list. For example, if you created a shortcut to say Microsoft Word, to find that program, click Start, and then point to Programs. You will find the shortcut, named "Microsoft Word" (without the quotation marks), at the bottom of the Program list.

4. Drag the shortcut to the Desktop.

Creating Shortcuts to Other Objects

To create a shortcut on the desktop to other objects (such as a folder or computer), follow these steps:

1. Use My Computer or Windows Explorer to locate the object to which you want to create a shortcut.

2. Right-click the object, and then click Create Shortcut.

3. Drag the new shortcut to an open area on the desktop.

Helpful Tips

•To modify settings for a shortcut, right-click the shortcut, and then click Properties. Settings that can be modified include the key combination used to start the shortcut and whether the program starts minimized, maximized, or normally.

•To delete a shortcut, right-click the shortcut, and then click Delete. Or, you may drag the shortcut to the Recycle Bin. When you delete a shortcut to an object, the original object is not deleted.

Below examples of shortcuts all seeking parts of CTiE websites.

Your desktop can have one or many such items.