How to Shortcut to a File or Folder

by eHow Computers Editor

Computer shortcuts allow you to access files, folders, network drives and programs with a simple double-click. Create a shortcut to frequently used software, data files and network locations to save on time and avoid the frustration involved in navigating your computer hierarchy or network structure.

Create a shortcut to a computer program. Locate the executable file for the program on your computer either through the Start menu or the Explorer window. Right-click on the ".exe" file. Select "create shortcut." The shortcut is created in the same window or Start menu submenu as the original file. Drag the shortcut to the desktop.

Shortcut to a file or folder on your computer. Navigate your computer's file hierarchy and locate the file or folder on your computer. Right-click on the file or folder name. Select "create shortcut" from the pop-up menu. Drag the shortcut to the desktop.

Add a shortcut to a network location. Find the network drive or network application on your network structure. Right-click on the drive or application. Choose "create shortcut." Click the "Yes" button in the pop-up dialog box to allow the shortcut to be placed on the desktop.


  • check Share network files and folders as shortcuts instead of copies. A shortcut to the same file reduces the hassle of redistributing copies of updated files and folders.
  • check Rename your shortcuts and remove the words "shortcut to" to keep your shortcuts easily recognized.
  • check Change the shortcut properties when the original file, folder or program is moved. Right-click on the shortcut, click "Properties" and enter the new location.