Creative Uses for Desktop Shortcuts


It turns out that there are some really niffty ways to use desktop shortcuts in
Windows NT, Windows 2000, and Windows XP.


  • email : send email to same person or set of people
    a LOT?
    Create a shortcut and for the location, enter:
    mailto:[email protected]
    Send jokes out to 10 emails?

    mailto:[email protected],[email protected], …


  • URL : launch favorite web site
    See details in
    my User Tip #49: Launch URL from
    Windows Desktop Icon


  • lock PC : see details in my User Tip #47: Create Lock Desktop Icon


  • Control Panel Applets: variant of technique in my
    Admin Tip #130: Control Applets
    if
    you can run them from a batch file, you can put them in a shortcut


  • Administrative Tools :
    in the system32 folder
    of XP or W2K is the msc files. If you use one or more of the admin utils often,
    create a desktop shortcut to a .msc file. msc file listing on my XP workstation:
     
    Directory of E:\WINDOWS\system32

    08/18/2001 06:00 AM 42,339 certmgr.msc
    08/18/2001 06:00 AM 41,762 ciadv.msc
    08/18/2001 06:00 AM 38,302 compmgmt.msc
    08/18/2001 06:00 AM 33,079 devmgmt.msc
    08/18/2001 06:00 AM 41,397 dfrg.msc
    08/18/2001 06:00 AM 33,673 diskmgmt.msc
    08/18/2001 06:00 AM 56,678 eventvwr.msc
    08/18/2001 06:00 AM 32,760 fsmgmt.msc
    08/18/2001 06:00 AM 34,871 gpedit.msc
    08/18/2001 06:00 AM 42,166 lusrmgr.msc
    08/18/2001 06:00 AM 26,209 ntmsmgr.msc
    08/18/2001 06:00 AM 32,968 ntmsoprq.msc
    08/18/2001 06:00 AM 58,273 perfmon.msc
    08/18/2001 06:00 AM 44,451 rsop.msc
    08/18/2001 06:00 AM 36,364 secpol.msc
    08/18/2001 06:00 AM 33,464 services.msc
    08/18/2001 06:00 AM 63,488 wmimgmt.msc

    Experiment with these as shortcuts.

I have other shortcuts on my desktop but they are fairly
obvious such as the “telnet is-it-true.org”. If you have a neat use of
shortcuts, please let me know: Wayne.

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