You can place shortcuts in a convenient place, such as on the desktop or in a commonly used folder, for quick access to files or folders. You can distinguish a shortcut from the original file by the arrow that appears on the icon.

Picture of a typical file and its shortcut
A typical file and its shortcut
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To create a shortcut

  1. Open the location that contains the item to which you want to create a shortcut.

  2. Right-click the item, and then click Create Shortcut. The new shortcut appears in the same location as the original item.

  3. Drag the new shortcut to the desired location.


  • You can also move the new shortcut to the desired location by cutting and pasting. To do this, right-click the shortcut, and then click Cut. Then right-click within the location where you want to move the shortcut, and then click Paste. The shortcut appears in the desired location.

To delete a shortcut

  • Right-click the shortcut you want to delete, and then click Delete. Administrator permission required If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.


  • When you delete a shortcut, only the shortcut is removed. The original item is not deleted.