Tutorials | Using Shortcuts
A shortcut is a pointer to another object such as an application, folder, document, or printer. You can create a shortcut on the desktop or in any folder. If you delete a shortcut, you are deleting the pointer to an object, not the object itself. If you delete a shortcut to a program, the program's executable file will still remain on the hard drive.
You can identify a shortcut by the arrow in the lower left corner of the icon. If you right click on a shortcut, select Properties, then select the Shortcut tab, you can see the path that the shortcut is pointing to in the Target box.
To put a shortcut on your desktop, follow these instructions:
- Open My Computer.
- Double left click a drive or folder. Then navigate to the item you wish to make a shortcut to such as a file, program, folder, or printer.
- Left click once on the item to highlight it.
- Then left click once on the File menu, then click Create Shortcut.
- If your window is maximised, and you cannot see your desktop, resize the window you are working in so that you can see the desktop easily.
- Left click the new shortcut and hold the mouse button down. Whilst you have the mouse button held down drag the new shortcut on to the desktop.
- To open My Computer you can in the case of Windows XP left click the Start Button then left click My Computer from the Start Menu. For earlier versions of Windows double left click the My Computer icon on your desktop.
- An alternative method of performing the same process above is to hold down the right click an item and whilst holding down the mouse button drag it on to your desktop. You will then be given the option to Create Shortcut(s) Here.
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