How to Create a My Computer Shortcut

by Kathryn Hatter
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Placing shortcuts on your desktop is an effective way to streamline your work processes to save time. Many people like to place program shortcuts of programs they use often on the desktop. When you have a shortcut on your desktop, you must only click on the shortcut to open the program. Because “My Computer” is an oft-used starting point in Windows operating systems, create a My Computer shortcut on your desktop.

Step 1

Click the “Start” button to open the Start Menu.

Step 2

Right-click “Computer” on the right side of the Start Menu.

Select “Show on Desktop” to create the “My Computer” shortcut on your desktop.


  • Another way to create a “My Computer” shortcut is to open the Start Menu and drag the “Computer” icon from the Start Menu to the desktop. This will automatically create a shortcut. Create another fast way to access “My Computer” for Windows XP systems. Right-click the “My Computer” shortcut on your desktop. Select “Properties” and then find the “Shortcut Key” field in the Properties window. Enter the letter you desire to use for a shortcut key (Control and Alt automatically precede your shortcut key). Click “Apply” and then “OK.”


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About the Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.

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