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  From the June 2009 Issue of Prestwood eMag
Windows Vista:
How to setup a shortcut in Vista
Posted 6/10/2008 on 6/10/2008 and updated 6/1/2009
Take Away:

To create a shortcut, right click on the deskop and select New | Shortcut. The old ways of altering the properties or even copying existing shortcuts is now very limited.


Setting up a shortcut in Vista changed. In previous versions of Windows you could simply right click a shortcut and select Properties or Copy and then Paste. Those options no longer get you full access to the shortcut settings. The following is how I create shortcuts in Vista:

  1. Right click on the desktop and select New | Shortcut.
    Create Vista shortcut - New Shortcut
  2. The Create Shortcut wizard starts. Select the executable you wish to create a shortcut for and select Next.
    Vista Shortcut Wizard - select file
  3. Type in a name for the shortcut and select Next. I chose "Paradox 11 PrivB" and the following shortcut was created on my desktop. You can now drag that shortcut onto the Start menu, but before you do, right click on the shortcut and select Properties.
    Vista Shortcut Properties
  4. You can now set all the properties of a shortcut just like you could in previous versions of Windows including adding startup commands and Run as administrator. However, if you choose Run as administrator and you have user control turned on, you may get the dreaded "An unidentifed program wants access to your computer" implemented with Vista's user control settings.
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