How to Create Desktop Shortcuts From Anywhere in Windows

Ben Stegner 19-04-2016

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If you’re new to Windows or still learning to use computers more efficiently in general, here’s how to create a desktop shortcut from anywhere.

To create a shortcut to a program or file on your desktop, browse to it using Windows Explorer and right-click on the file. In the popup menu, choose Send to and then Desktop (create shortcut). This will place a shortcut to your chosen file right on your desktop for easy access.

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Once your shortcut is made, you can right-click it and choose Rename to give it a friendlier name if you like. Once you’ve got your shortcut created, you’re good to go! Shortcuts let you access any file or program much faster than manually hunting them down. Learn to use them and you’ll cut out lots of wasted time.

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What shortcuts do you always have handy? Let us know how you use shortcuts every day in the comments below!

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