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How to create a shortcut to a folder on your computer (or network share)

Article ID: 202
Last updated: 14 Apr, 2017

Creating Shortcuts

Do you frequently reference files from a certain folder on your computer?   an email archive maybe?  

This How-To Article shows you how to create a shortcut to a folder so you can easily get back to that folder later.

Create a Shortcut to a Folder
1.    Double-click the "My Computer" icon from the Desktop.
2.    Navigate to the folder which is one level above the folder you would like to create a shortcut for.
3.    Right-click the folder which you would like to create the shortcut for.
4.    From the menu that appears, select "Create Shortcut".
Say the folder you are trying to create a shortcut is C:\Documents and Settings\murphe1\Application Data\Thunderbird\ To do it you would click on MY COMPUTER then  C: >  then  Documents and Settings then murphe1 then Application Data then RIGHT CLICK on THUNDERBIRD and choose create shortcut.
5.    A shortcut will now be created for the folder.
6.    Next, click and drag the shortcut from the folder onto the Desktop.  (or copy/paste)
Tip: To open the folder which the shortcut links to, just double-click it.
If you don't want to place the shortcut on the Desktop, right-click the shortcut and select "Cut". Now, you can right-click in any folder on your computer and select "Paste", and the shortcut will be placed there instead.


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Article submitted by Jon Brennan

Article ID: 202
Last updated: 14 Apr, 2017
Revision: 2
Views: 5198
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Posted: 01 Aug, 2008 by -- .
Updated: 14 Apr, 2017 by Stephan J.
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