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3.5. Shortcut Icons

A shortcut is a link to a file, folder, disk, or program (see Figure 3-10 ). You might think of it as a duplicate of the thing's icon—but not a duplicate of the thing itself. (A shortcut takes up almost no disk space.) When you double-click the shortcut icon, the original folder, disk, program, or document opens. You can also set up a keystroke for a shortcut icon, so that you can open any program or document just by pressing a certain key combination.

Figure 3-10. You can distinguish a desktop shortcut (left) from its original in two ways. First, the tiny arrow "badge" identifies it as a shortcut. Second, its name contains the word shortcut (unless you've renamed it or an application has created its own shortcut on the desktop).

The Properties dialog box for a shortcut (right) indicates which actual file or folder this one "points" to. The Run drop-down menu lets you control how the window opens when you double-click the shortcut icon.



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