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How To Create Desktop Shortcuts

Creating Desktop Shortcuts for any of your frequently used program applications is a fairly simple process. By keeping your frequently accessed program shortcuts on the desktop, it will give you much quicker access to them rather than having to navigate through the start menu program listings. Therefore, this technical brief will show you how to quickly create Desktop Shortcuts to your frequently used applications.

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Creating Desktop Shortcuts

  1. Begin by minimizing any programs that you have open until you can see your full Desktop.
  2. Then double click on the My Computer icon on your desktop until it opens.
  3. Now double click on your (C:) drive until it opens up for you.
  4. Then navigate through your drive until you find the file you want to create a Desktop shortcut for.
  5. Application files usually have a .exe file extension, such as notepad.exe so do keep this in mind.
  6. When the program application file is located, right click directly on the file.
  7. From the menu that appears, select Send To > then select Desktop (create shortcut).
  8. Windows will then place a shortcut to that program application directly on your Desktop for you.
  9. You can also create shortcuts to individual Word and Excel Docs, Adobe Reader Files and more.

Note: This Technical Brief Will Work For All Operating Systems Including Windows XP.

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