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Can I Get There from Here? Working with Shortcuts

I've mentioned shortcuts a few times in this book, and you saw earlier how shortcuts are invaluable for enhancing the Send To menu. In your quest to unleash Windows 98, you'll find yourself using shortcuts constantly, so it's time we took a step back and looked a little more closely at these handy files. This section explains shortcuts in more detail, runs through all the possible methods of creating them, and shows umpteen ways to put shortcuts to good use.

What Is a Shortcut?

If you used any flavor of Windows 3.x, shortcuts will already be familiar to you: They're just like program items (icons) in a Program Manager group. In other words, a shortcut is a pointer to an object, such as an executable file or a document. If it points to an executable, clicking the shortcut starts the underlying program; if it points to a document, clicking the shortcut starts the application associated with the document and loads the document (assuming, that is, that the document type is registered with Windows 98—see “Working with File Types” later in this chapter for more info). And, as with a program item, because a shortcut only points to another object (a program or document), you can safely delete a shortcut without affecting the underlying object.


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