How to Create a Shortcut on the Desktop

Summary

This article describes how to create a new shortcut on the desktop in Windows. The following topics are discussed:

Creating a Shortcut to a Program or File
Creating a Shortcut to a Printer
Creating Shortcuts to Other Objects

Helpful Tips

  • To modify settings for a shortcut, right-click the shortcut, and then click Properties. Settings that can be modified include the key combination used to start the shortcut and whether the program starts minimized, maximized, or normally.
  • To delete a shortcut, right-click the shortcut, and then click Delete. Or, you may drag the shortcut to the Recycle Bin. When you delete a shortcut to an object, the original object is not deleted.
  • After you create a shortcut to a printer, you can print documents by dragging the documents to the printer shortcut. The program used to print the document will open briefly and then close.
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Article ID: 140443 - Last Review: Mar 12, 2015 - Revision: 1

Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition, Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition, Microsoft Windows 95

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