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Windows XP

Creating a Shortcut

Creating a shortcut allows you to quickly access files, folders, drives, or printers. This might be useful if you frequently access your H: drive, a departmental drive, a certain folder, or a specific file. It can also be helpful if a class requires you to frequently access a professor's folder from the DeptDir (W: drive).

NOTE: The majority of these instructions refer to MY COMPUTERMy computeron the Desktop. Instead of the text MY COMPUTER, you may see your username followed by the computer name.

return to topCreating a Shortcut to Files and Folders

There are three different methods for creating a shortcut to files and folders: the drag method, menu method, and right click method.

NOTE: Students using the general access computer labs to create shortcuts will have their shortcut for the current session only or that day on that computer. The GA labs shut down and clean the computers each night, so shortcuts cannot be retained beyond one day of creation.

Creating a Shortcut to Files and Folders: Drag Method

  1. On the Desktop, right click MY COMPUTER » select Explore
    Windows Explorer opens.

  2. In Windows Explorer, select the file or folder that you want to create a shortcut for

  3. Hold down the right mouse button and drag the file or folder to your Desktop

  4. Release the mouse button » select Create Shortcuts Here
    The shortcut icon for the selected file or folder appears on your Desktop.

Creating a Shortcut to Files and Folders: Menu Method

  1. On the Desktop, right click MY COMPUTER » select Explore
    Windows Explorer
    opens.

  2. In Windows Explorer, select the file or folder that you want to create a shortcut for

  3. From the File menu, select Send To » Desktop (create shortcut)
    The shortcut icon for the selected file or folder appears on your Desktop.

Creating a Shortcut to Files and Folders: Right Click Method

  1. On the Desktop, right click MY COMPUTER » select Explore
    Windows Explorer
    opens.

  2. In Windows Explorer, right click the file or folder that you want to create a shortcut for » select Send To » Desktop (create shortcut)
    The shortcut icon for the selected file or folder appears on your Desktop.

return to topCreating a Shortcut to Drives and Printers

There are three different methods for creating a shortcut to drives and printers: the drag method, menu method, and right click method.

NOTE: Students using the general access computer labs to create shortcuts will have their shortcut for the current session only or that day on that computer. The GA labs shut down and clean the computers each night so shortcuts cannot be retained beyond one day of creation.

Creating a Shortcut to Drives and Printers: Drag Method

  1. On the Desktop, right click MY COMPUTER » select Explore
    Windows Explorer
    opens.

  2. In Windows Explorer, select the drive or printer that you want to create a shortcut for

  3. Hold down the right mouse button and drag the drive or printer to your Desktop

  4. Release the mouse button » select Create Shortcuts Here
    The shortcut icon for the selected drive or printer will appear on your Desktop.

Creating a Shortcut to Drives and Printers: Menu Method

  1. On the Desktop, right click MY COMPUTER » select Explore
    Windows Explorer
    opens.

  2. In Windows Explorer, select the drive or printer that you want to create a shortcut for
    NOTE: The drive must be selected from the Name list, not the Folder list.

  3. From the File menu, select Create Shortcut 
    The Shortcut dialog box appears.
    Shortcut dialog box

  4. Click YES
    The shortcut icon for the selected drive or printer will appear on your Desktop.

Creating a Shortcut to Drives and Printers: Right Click Method

  1. On the Desktop, right click MY COMPUTER » select Explore
    Windows Explorer
    opens.

  2. In Windows Explorer, right click the drive or printer that you want to create a shortcut for » select Create Shortcut
    The Shortcut dialog box appears.

  3. Click YES
    The shortcut icon for the selected drive or printer will appear on your Desktop.

return to topDeleting a Shortcut

Sometimes it becomes necessary to delete shortcuts that are no longer useful, e.g., when a class requiring frequent use of the DeptDir (W: drive) comes to an end.

  1. On the Desktop, right click the shortcut you wish to delete » select Delete
    The Confirm File Delete dialog box appears.
    Confirm File Delete dialog box

  2. In the Confirm File Delete dialog box, click YES
    The shortcut is deleted from the Desktop.

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