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How Do I Create A Shortcut?

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 by | Filed Under: Desktop Enhancement
 
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Desktop shortcuts sure come in handy, but not everyone knows how to create them. Harry asks: “I would like to know how to make a desktop shortcut for a program I use everyday.”
No problem Harry. Here’s how to make a shortcut in Windows 7.

If it’s a program you use very frequently, you may wish to add it to your Start Menu or your Taskbar. Search the name of the program in your search box.

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Right-click and you’ll see options to pin to the Taskbar and Start Menu.

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Pin it to the Start Menu and it will appear when you click the Start button.

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Choose Pin to Taskbar and it will always appear on your taskbar for easy access.

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To create a desktop shortcut, click once on the icon for the program and hold while you drag it to a blank area on your desktop.

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Now you’ll have a shortcut right there on your desktop.

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~ Cynthia

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3 Responses to “How Do I Create A Shortcut?”

  1. Allan Poe says:

    I have W7 installed. Tried your procedure. Do not get the drop-down menu you show. I get an entirely different drop-down menu. I only wish I could send you a screenshot of what I do get. You know the old saying–a pix is worth a thousand words.

  2. Denise says:

    For those who are comfortable with browsing the C drive, I have another method that I prefer. I locate the file that opens the program in its program folder. I then right click on it and choose “send to -> desktop (make shortcut).” I rename the shortcut immediately because some files have names that do not match the program name and because I hate the “shortcut to” prefix. Then I can leave it there, drag it to the taskbar, or use a file manager to put it wherever I want it. This also avoids the problem that occurs too often when shortcuts point to other shortcuts, which point to other shortcuts…

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