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Windows Vista® Inside Out Deluxe Edition by Craig Stinson, Carl Siechert, Ed Bott

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Creating and Customizing Program Shortcuts

During setup, nearly all Windows programs create shortcuts on the Start menu. Many also create (or at least offer to create) shortcuts on your desktop and your Quick Launch toolbar. You can tailor these shortcuts to your advantage by right-clicking them and choosing Properties from the menu that appears (which is, incidentally, also called a shortcut menu). You can also create and customize shortcuts to particular documents and folders.

Here are some useful things you can do:

  • Create a shortcut to a document you’re currently working with. To make a frequently needed document more accessible, display the document in Windows Explorer. Then, to create a Start-menu item that will open this document (in the program ...

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