Adding Shortcuts

Understand how to create and utilize Windows XP shortcuts in this free lesson.

What is a shortcut?

A shortcut offers a way of performing a task more quickly, such as starting a program or accessing a document. The shortcut icon has a small arrow in the left corner to help you distinguish it from the actual icon that represents programs and files.

Shortcut icon

The icon above is a desktop shortcut for the Things to Do document that's actually stored in this particular user's My Documents folder.

When you delete a shortcut, the original item still exists on your computer in its original location.