How to Create Shortcuts

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Creating shortcuts can save you a lot of time when navigating the maze that is your computer's hard drive. With a few, simple methods, you can create a shortcut to any file or folder on your computer.

Standard Method

Find the file or folder to which you want to create a shortcut.

Right click the file.

Click "Create Shortcut."

Know that your computer will create a shortcut in the same location as the source file. It will be called "Shortcut to (name of file or folder)."

Move your shortcut around. As long as you don't move the source file, the shortcut will always link back to it, no matter where the shortcut is.

The "Send to Desktop" Method

Know that this method works in the same way, but sends the file to your desktop. Find the file or folder you want to create a shortcut to.

Right click the file or folder.


Move your mouse over the option that says "Send to," then click "Desktop (create shortcut)."

See that you now have a shortcut on your desktop to your file or folder. You can also move this shortcut off of your desktop if you choose--it will still work fine.


  • check You can also create shortcuts from your Start menu--just right click the icon you want to create a shortcut to, then follow the steps in either section 1 or section 2.


  • close If you move the source file or folder, the shortcut will not work. Be sure to create a new shortcut if you move the file or folder.

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