Logic’s Last Stand

March 19, 2008

Computer Shorthand

Filed under: Computers — Tags: , , , , — Zurahn @ 12:41 am

Having a developed appreciation for my Run shortcuts, I thought I’d share a convenient way to quickly access your programs.

Firstly, you need to create a folder to perminantly situate somewhere (I put mine in Program Files\Shortcuts)

Once you’ve done that, we will update the Windows Path variable.  To do this, choose System from the Control Panel (or right-click My Computer and choose Properties).  Under the Advanced Tab, press the Environment Variables button.

In the bottom box (System Variables) choose Path, then press edit.  Go to the end of the line, add a semi-colon onto the end (if there isn’t one already there), then add on the full path to the folder we created earlier.

Now you can place shortcuts to any program you want into that folder and open them via the Run command box (Start->Run or WINDOWSKEY+R).

The exact title of the shortcut is what you enter into the box, so for example, rename “Shortcut to firefox.exe” to “firefox” so all you’d have to enter is “firefox”.



  1. I find it much simpler to put a folder on the Desktop named ICONS or Shortcuts and place all my shortcuts in that folder. 2 clicks and I’m anywhere I want to be.

    Comment by D.H. Cesare — March 20, 2008 @ 8:43 pm

  2. My preference to the run box is both that I don’t have to deal with the organization of icons, and that I can quickly run something without having to go back to the desktop, consequently minimizing everything. Oh, and I can open a program without touching the mouse =)

    Comment by zurahn — March 21, 2008 @ 2:42 am

  3. Hi there.. There is another way also to do this which i think is quicker.. check it out on

    Comment by hariesh manaadiar — December 9, 2008 @ 9:42 am

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