Hi. If you navigate to folders to open the same files on a regular basis, this tip will save you time and aggravation by showing you how to create a shortcut on your desktop to open those files.
Here’s the concept: you’ll go to the folder on your computer (it can be a networked drive too) and find the file for which you want to create the shortcut. Using the context menu (right clicking), you’ll tell windows to put the shortcut on your desktop. That’s it!
Ok? So let’s do one together. Open the folder containing the file for which you want to create your shortcut. When you have the filename in view, put your mouse on the filename and right click. That’s called the context menu. Near the bottom of the menu, you’ll see ‘Send To’; hold your mouse over the ‘Send To’ menu item and a new menu will pop up (you don’t have to click it). It will look like this:
On the new menu that popped up, you’ll see ‘Desktop (create shortcut)’. Click that and Windows will create a shortcut to the file on your desktop!
You can use this for letterhead templates, excel spreadsheets, reports you need to update regularly, even folders! Create desktop shortcuts for the folders you access regularly and you’ll be one click away from the files you need.
Remember, right click and look for Send To.