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How to Create Desktop Shortcut to Favorites in Windows 7 and 8

The Windows, the Favorites folder normally contains shortcut links to your Desktop, Downloads and Recent places folder. A lot of people add other folders they use often to Favorites so it’s easier to access. Here’s how to create desktop shortcut to access Favorites from the desktop.

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Right click on your desktop and go to New >> Shortcut.

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Now paste the following in the location field and click Next.

%windir%\explorer.exe shell:::{323CA680-C24D-4099-B94D-446DD2D7249E}

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No name the shortcut as Favorites and click Finish. 

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If you want to change the shortcut icon, right click on it and select Properties.

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Then click the Change Icon button under the Shortcut tab.

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Select and icon you want to use or browse to the location of a custom icon and click OK.

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You can also pin it the Taskbar for easy access.


Or in Windows 8, you can pin the icon to the Start screen.

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One Response to How to Create Desktop Shortcut to Favorites in Windows 7 and 8

  1. Bryan June 12, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    This is the only explanation I’ve found that works to get a icon linked to Favorites pinned to the taskbar. This works in Windows 8.1 also.


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