How do I create a shortcut in Windows?
In Windows, a shortcut is an icon used to represent a document, folder, or program file. You can open a file or launch an application by clicking the icon. Shortcuts are particularly useful because you can put them on your desktop or in the Start menu without having to make a copy of the actual file itself. This saves space by allowing you to keep a single copy of a large program file, while placing one or more shortcuts to the file wherever they are convenient.
To create a shortcut:
- Right-click the location where you want the new shortcut to appear.
- From the menu that appears, select New and then Shortcut.
Enter the path of the file, folder, or application for which you want to make a shortcut, or click the Browse… button to locate it.
- Click Next, then Finish.
- If you are prompted to select an icon, pick one from the choices displayed in the window, and then click Finish.