How to Make a Shortcut Without Right-Clicking

While working in the Windows File Manager, you can right-click an item and turn it into a shortcut by selecting "Create Shortcut." When you use this method, File Manager places a new shortcut in the current folder. If you'd like to perform this task without right-clicking, you can do that by clicking some buttons on the File Manager's ribbon. When you use the ribbon to create shortcuts, you gain the ability to store your shortcut in any folder you like.

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    Press "Windows-E" to open File Manager. Click the ribbon's "Home" tab and double-click a folder to display its contents. Those contents may consist of files, folders and shortcuts.

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    Click the item that you'd like to turn into a shortcut and click the ribbon's "Copy" button.

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    Open the target folder that will contain the shortcut and click the ribbon's "Paste Shortcut" button to paste your shortcut into that folder. Create other shortcuts, as needed, using this method.