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Make your own shortcuts!


Useful for many a thing, the shortcut is the star of this week’s tip.


This question was answered on December 23, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Shortcuts are your friend in a - sometimes perplexing - Windows environment However, if they’re not automatically generated how can you go about creating them? That is the question, here is the answer.

Follow the steps below:

1 You must start by finding the “root” file you intend to create a shortcut to Depending on what the file is will determine where to look If this is a program look under the Start menu > Programs (or All Programs) If this is a Word document or Excel spreadsheet look in you’re My Documents folder.

2 For all intents and purposes let’s say you’re creating a shortcut to Microsoft Word Click the Start menu > Programs (or All Programs) > Find your Microsoft Word icon.

3 Press and hold the right mouse button over Microsoft Word Now drag the icon to your Desktop When you let go of the button you’ll get a drop-down menu; click Create Shortcut.

Now every time you need to access Word it’s right there on your Desktop! This works with almost any type of program file You can even do it with documents you use frequently Give it a try and have fun!

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Posted by Chad of Data Doctors on December 23, 2004