Adding Shortcuts

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

Adding a shortcut

In this lesson, you will learn three ways to create a shortcut. Choose the one that works best for you.

To add a shortcut to the desktop using Windows Explorer or My Computer:

  1. Open Windows Explorer or My Computer.
  2. Double-click a drive or folder.
  3. Click the file, program, or folder for which you want to make a shortcut. The item darkens when you select it.
  4. Choose FileCreate Shortcut.
  5. Resize the window so you can see the desktop.
    Choose Create Shortcut from the File menu
  6. Hover the mouse pointer over the shortcut icon, then hold down the left mouse button and drag the shortcut onto the desktop (in the left pane).
  7. Release the left mouse button, and a shortcut is moved to the desktop.

Alternatively, press Ctrl + Shift while dragging the file to the desktop to create a shortcut.