Adding Shortcuts

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

Right-click to add a shortcut

One method to create a shortcut works in both My Computer and Windows Explorer. This method requires you to right-click.

To add a shortcut by right-clicking:

  1. Open Windows Explorer or My Computer.
  2. Double-click a drive or folder.
  3. Right-click the file, program, or folder for which you want to make a shortcut.
  4. A pop-up menu appears. Choose Create Shortcut.
  5. Resize the window so you can see the desktop.
    Create Shortcut using right-click
  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.