Create a Shortcut of a File, Folder, Drive, or Program in Windows

How to Create a Shortcut of a File, Folder, Drive, or Program in Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista

2014-02-28 11:38:27 / Posted by Michael Eric to Windows Tips
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You may like to know how to create a shortcut of a file, folder, drive, or program in Windows computer since it lets you easily access the item that the shortcut links to. In Windows 8.1/8, you could pin to Taskbar on desktop, pin to Start screen, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move the shortcut to where you like for easy use.

In Windows 7 or Vista, you could Pin to Taskbar or Pin to Start Menu, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to it, or move the shortcut to where you like for easy use.

Then learn from the 5 methods on how to add a shortcut of a file, folder, drive, or program in Windows 8.1, 8, 7, and Vista.

Method 1: Create Shortcut from Windows Explorer Address Bar

  • 1. Open File Explorer (Windows 8.1/8) or Windows Explorer (Vista or Windows 7), and navigate to and open the folder or drive that you want to create a shortcut of.
  • 2. Drag the small folder or drive icon at the far left side of the address bar to a location (like desktop) that you want to create a shortcut of the folder at, then drop and release to create it.

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Method 2: Create Shortcut using "Send to" Context Menu Item

  • 1. Select one or more files, folders, or programs that you want to create a shortcut of, right click or press and hold on them, then click/tap on Send To and Desktop (create shortcut).

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  • 2. You can now move the shortcuts to where you like for ease of use.

Method 3: Create Shortcut using "Create Shortcut" Context Menu Item

  • 1. Select one or more files, folders, or programs that you want to create a shortcut of, right click or press and hold on them, then click on "Create shortcut".

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  • 2. If prompted, click/tap on Yes.
  • 3. You can now move the shortcuts to where you like for ease of use.

Method 4: Create Shortcut using "New -> Shortcut" Context Menu Item

  • 1. Right click on an empty space on the desktop or Windows Explorer (not in navigation pane or preview pane).

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  • 2. Click/tap on the Browse button.

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  • 3. Navigate to and select the file, folder, drive, or program that you want to create a shortcut of, and click/tap on OK.

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  • 4. Click/tap on Next.
  • 5. Type in a name you would like the shortcut to have, and click/tap on Finish.
  • 6. You can now move the shortcut to where you like for ease of use.

Method 5: Create Shortcut using "Paste shortcut" Context Menu Item

  • 1. Select one or more files, folders, drives, or programs that you want to create a shortcut of, right click or press and hold on them, then click/tap on "Send To" and "Desktop".

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  • 2. Go to where (like desktop, in a folder, library etc…) that you would like to create a shortcut of the selected files, folders, drives, or programs, right click or press and hold on an empty area, then click/tap on "Paste shortcut".

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Besides the introduction on how to add a shortcut of a file, folder, drive, or program in Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista, you can click here to know more tips of Windows computer.

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