Here's our Windows XP Tip for.. February 21, 2007
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Put it on the Desktop
We have often discussed placing shortcuts on the desktop. In general, we recommend that you run Windows Explorer and then use the right mouse button to drag an icon to the desktop. When you release the mouse button, a menu opens. You choose Create Shortcut(s) Here from the menu.

You can create a shortcut directly on the desktop without running Windows Explorer. To create a shortcut this way, right-click the desktop and choose New, Shortcut to open the Create Shortcut wizard. When the wizard opens, type the name and full path of the file to which you want to create the shortcut, then click Next. If you don't know the full name and path, click Browse. When the Browse dialog box opens, locate and select the file to which you want to make a shortcut. Click Open to continue. Back in the Create Shortcut wizard, click Next and type in a name for your new shortcut. Click Next again and select an icon. Click Finish to close the dialog box and create your new shortcut--icon and all.