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Get Quick Access to Multiple Drives Via the Desktop

SUMMARY: Instant access to your hard drives, network drives, and removable media in Windows 7.

This is another tip for Windows 7 beginners that I have still seen experienced users go "aha!" when shown. Perhaps your computer has several hard drives (such as a solid state main drive and a standard hard drive for data), or multiple hard drive partitions. Maybe you have an external USB drive you frequently access. Or, you might be on a network with a variety of hard drive shares.

Either way, if you frequently need to open files on multiple drives and tire having to go through "My Computer" first, why not create shortcuts to your drives directly from the Desktop? Unless your Windows 7 Desktop is already cluttered, this might save you a step or two.

1. Double-click the "My Computer" icon on your Desktop, or if such an icon does not exist, open Explorer and click on "Computer" in the left pane.

2. Left-click on a drive and keep the mouse button held down. Move your mouse pointer outside of the Explorer window until it appears on the Desktop with the text "Create link in Desktop".

3. Release the left mouse button.

Voila! A shortcut is made. Repeat as desired for each drive. It really is that simple. You can click on a shortcut and press F2 to rename it in case you want to remove the " - Shortcut" text. Or, if you are comfortable editing the Windows Registry, there is an edit that removes the need to delete the shortcut text manually.

Creating a hard drive shortcut on the Windows Desktop

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