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How to create a shortcut on the Windows 7 desktop


Good day! There are situations when you visit one or several sites very often, and a link to it should be at hand. And preferably on the desktop. Some people use alternative ways of saving links by adding to favorites in their favorite browser. But it is better to use several methods, it is both more practical and faster.

The method that we will consider is a small plus, it’s on the desktop, clicked on it several times and the browser automatically starts opening the desired site. This is undoubtedly convenient, the only request is that you do not need to clutter your desktop with site shortcuts, it is better to create a folder for these shortcuts and put them there. And windows will work more stable and faster and you won’t be lost in finding the right shortcut. Unless of course you will have a lot of them.

If there is one site shortcut on the desktop or several, then I think you won’t get lost.

So, in this article I would like to talk about how to create a website shortcut on the desktop in two simple ways, in just two or three mouse clicks. Let's get it right.

How to create a website shortcut on the desktop by dragging a shortcut

This method is the simplest and fastest. Open the browser, if you don’t have it open, go to the desired site, shrink browser windowso that the desktop is visible. You can minimize the browser to the window in two ways, click on the active window twice or click on the button to minimize the window.

The icon is in almost all modern browsers.

This is what the icon looks like in Internet Explorer:

Create a desktop shortcut on Windows 7 OC

1. Let's try to create a shortcut to the folder in which there are photos. In my case, I need to go to drive D, then to the “All Photos”, “Sister Photos” folder and here is the desired final folder “School Sister Photos”.

2. There are two simple methods for creating shortcuts. The first. Right-click on the folder and select "Create Shortcut".

As you can see, we created it next to our folder. Marked with a special arrow in a white square.

3. Now we take it and simply drag it to the desktop by pressing the left mouse button on it. Be careful, drag the folder with the arrow in the box, and not the folder itself. That's all. We have created a shortcut to the desktop. You can also rename it. You can delete a copy of it that remains in the folder.

The second way to create a desktop shortcut

Right-click on the folder where you want to create a shortcut and go to the "Send" menu, then click on "Desktop (create shortcut)." That's all. It was automatically created and placed on the desktop.

A shortcut can be created not only on folders, but also on different files.

How to delete created shortcut

To remove it, click on it once with the left mouse button to select it, then press the Delete key. That's the whole removal process.

But how do you know if you forgot where the folder itself is located, to which the shortcut is sent? To do this, right-click on the shortcut, go to "Properties" and in the "Object" you can see the path.

The concept and purpose of labels

Label - This is a special file that does not have its own content and is intended only to redirect the user to another object (file, folder, logical section, Internet page, etc.).

Create shortcut can be anywhere. A shortcut can refer to any file, folder, or other object located on a computer’s storage device, on the Internet, etc. Opening a shortcut by double-clicking the left mouse button or in another way will automatically entail opening the object to which it refers.

The size and name of the shortcut does not depend on the size and name of the file, folder or other object to which it refers. The user can name the shortcut whatever. The size of the shortcut is determined by the computer automatically and is very small (as a rule, does not exceed 1 kb).

Shortcut icons differ in appearance from file icons. Unlike a regular file, there is always a small, upward-curved arrow next to the shortcut icon (see image).

Why do I need a shortcut? It is known that a computer's storage device is divided into one or more logical partitions (level 1), each of which can contain files and folders (level 2). Each of these folders may also contain files and folders (level 3), in these folders other files and folders (level 4), etc. The author has already written more about this in one of the articles.

The number of such levels can be quite large. And if the user needs to, for example, open a file located at the fifth, sixth or lower level of the file system, he will have to do a lot of manipulations to get to it (first open the logical section, then go to the second level folder, then to third level folder, etc.).

Agree, this is not very convenient. Especially if a folder or file located deep in the file system needs to be opened frequently.

Label is a simple and effective way to solve this problem. For example, if you often need to open some folders or files, you can create shortcuts for them on the computer’s desktop. Double-click on the appropriate shortcut - and the file or folder is open. The need to go every time from the top level of the file system to the partition in which they are contained disappears.

Here, readers of this article may have a very logical question: is it not better to save all frequently used files not too deep in the file system? For example, on the same desktop? In this case, it will be convenient to open them, and the need for labels will disappear.

In part, this makes sense. Actively used files and folders do not really need to be hidden deep in the file system (so as not to get confused). But putting them all on the desktop is also not advisable, since the size of the desktop is not unlimited. Volumetric files (for example, movies) are best stored in the logical partition of the computer with a sufficiently large amount of free space. At the same time, for comfortable access to them on the desktop, you can make a shortcut to the folder in which these files are located.

In general, how to place files and folders in the file system of a computer is a private matter for everyone. There are no strict restrictions on this issue. But, at the same time, you need to adhere to the principles of rational and uniform use of the free space of the computer's storage device. And shortcuts help this a lot.

How to create a file or folder shortcut

Creating a shortcut is easy enough. There are several ways to do this:

1. For create shortcut you need to right-click on the file, folder or logical partition for which this shortcut is created, and in the context menu that opens, select the "Create Shortcut" item. (see image, click to enlarge).

The shortcut will be created in the same folder as the object to which it refers. The computer will automatically name the label “Shortcut for + object name” or “Object name + shortcut” (depending on the version of Windows).

The user can rename the created shortcut in the same way as any other file. The shortcut can be moved or copied to any other section (folder) of the file system.

2. If nessesary create desktop shortcut, in the context menu of the object, instead of the "Create Shortcut" item, select "Send" - "Desktop ...". In this case, a shortcut will be created immediately on the desktop (see image, click to enlarge).

3. The third method is a bit more complicated. To understand it, let's create an example shortcut for the logical partition "C" on the desktop of a computer.

Similarly, a shortcut can be created for any object in any section of the computer, except for the “My Computer” (“Computer”) section.

So, to create a shortcut, right-click on an empty space on the desktop (or any other section), select "Create" - "Shortcut" in the context menu (see image on the left, click to enlarge).

The shortcut creation wizard opens, in which you will need to enter the necessary information in stages. At the first stage, in the "... location of the object" field, you must specify the address of the object to which it will refer label. If this file, folder, or logical partition is located on the computer, click the "Browse" button located next to the field. A Windows Explorer window will open (an overview of files and folders) in which you will need to find and select the required object with the mouse, and then confirm the selection by clicking the "OK" button (see image on the right, click to enlarge).

In our case, select "Local drive C", click the "OK" button, then the "Next" button.

In the next step in the field "... label name" using the keyboard, enter the name that you want to assign to the future label. It can be anything. After that, click the "Finish" button. The creation of the shortcut is completed.

How to create a webpage shortcut

Internet shortcut - This is the most common shortcut, but referring not to objects located on the computer’s storage device, but to a specific page or other object on the Internet.

Use Internet shortcuts very comfortably. For example, on your computer’s desktop, you can create Internet shortcuts for all the sites you frequently visit. To go to such a site, the user just double-click the left mouse button on the corresponding shortcut.

The procedure for creating an Internet shortcut is similar to the third way to create regular shortcuts described above. As an example, I propose to consider the procedure for creating a shortcut for our site on the computer desktop.

We right-click on the free space on the desktop, select "Create" in the context menu - "Label". In the wizard for creating a shortcut in the field "... the location of the object" using the keyboard, enter the address of the site - (see image).

Click "Next." In the next step we introduce label name and click the "Finish" button.

The desktop will be created internet shortcut. If you double-click on it with the left mouse button, the main page of our site will open.

What are desktop shortcuts for?

I am one of those users who in a couple of days will make a dump of files from the desktop ... I use it not for beauty - but for work. The productivity of my work will increase significantly when everything is at hand and available in a couple of clicks. And then I rake everything unnecessary into a separate folder and drop it deeper into the hard drive.

Shortcuts are a useful thing and ignoring them is just plain stupid - I personally know some of the proponents of an empty desktop. It may be good from an aesthetic point of view, but it does not add convenience (maybe it's even convenient when using a computer is limited to only a browser and social networks - working without shortcuts is nowhere)

Method 1. The easiest way to create a desktop shortcut

As a rule, there is a need to create a shortcut for the program on the desktop (or folder) - consider the example of a useful utility for determining the speed of HDD - CrystalDiskMark. Right-click on the program launch file (exe) and select in the context menu Send> Desktop (create shortcut). Go to your desktop and make sure you have a shortcut to your desktop.

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In the picture above, I highlighted another item “Create a shortcut”. If you select it, a shortcut for the program will be created in the current folder, and then you can move it anywhere (for example, to the same desktop)

Method 2. Long and uninteresting

There is another way to create an icon (or shortcut) on the desktop for a folder or program. Right-click in any free space on the desktop and select from the menu that appears Create> Shortcut.

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A window will open in the question “For which element do you want to create a shortcut?” - select the overview and go to the next step (or if you know the exact path to the program, you can simply add it here and click "OK")

In Explorer, specify where the file with the program or folder is located (as I said earlier - for example, I use the CrystalDiskMark program) and click "OK"

Here you can save the proposed name or create your own (for example, call the label as "HDD Test"). By clicking the “Finish” button, you will create a shortcut on the desktop.

The standard icon can be very dull (especially folders) and you will certainly want to change it. To do this, open the properties of the shortcut on the desktop and on the tab "Shortcut" click "Change icon ...". Here we can choose the standard one or by clicking on “Browse” select any downloaded from the Internet.

By the way, if you want, you can always move this shortcut to any other folder of your choice (or just copy)

As you can see, there is nothing complicated in creating shortcuts on the desktop. Fortunately (or unfortunately), not all programs or games create links to themselves after installation, and this guide will help you solve this shortcoming. I did not include a separate item about Windows 8 in the article - there are very few users of the Eight and there’s no reason to install it for a couple of screenshots - update!