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How to Add Shortcuts to “My Computer” in Windows

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Have you ever wondered how those third party tweaking programs allow you to add custom shortcuts to the Computer dialog? It’s actually really easy.

Note: this should work in at least Windows 7 and Windows 8, but it might work in Vista. Maybe.

How to Add Shortcuts to the Computer Dialog in Windows

Press the Win + R keyboard combination to bring up and run box, then type the following.

%appdata%\microsoft\Windows\Network Shortcuts

Then hit enter.

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That should have opened the location where Microsoft looks for any additional shortcuts to display in the Computer dialog. So all we need to do is create a new shortcut to whatever we want to be displayed. This can be a file, a folder, or even a program.

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When the Create Shortcut wizard opens, simply type in the location of the item you wish to create a shortcut to and click next.

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Then give your shortcut a suitable name and click finish.

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Voila! That is really all there is to it.

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Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 06/4/13

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