How to create a shortcut in Windows 11

Step-by-step instructions

Windows 11 allows you to create a shortcut to a file, enabling you to place the shortcut in a separate location from the file for convenient access. For example, you can create a shortcut to a file stored in your Documents folder and place it on your desktop. Then, when you want to open the file, you can double-click the shortcut on your desktop instead of navigating to the file in your Documents folder.

To create a shortcut in Windows 11:

  1. Right-click the file for which you want to create a shortcut.
  2. Select Show more options).
  3. Choose Create shortcut.
  4. Windows creates the shortcut (.LNK file) in the same folder as the file.
  5. You can rename and move the shortcut to another location.

When you open the shortcut, you will open the file.