When I’m in windows, I use a feature that’s largely overlooked, that is to use keyboard shortcuts for folder shortcuts. I’m a bit of a productivity freak. Say I want to enjoy some music. Either I can navigate to c:\music\mp3 or I just press Ctrl+Shift+M. I do this by making a shortcut to a folder and in the properties, there’s an option for a shortcut key. Set a shortcut key for all your common folders and that’s it you’re done.
- Select the folder in Windows Explorer.
- Create a shortcut, and place it on the desktop. (You create a shortcut by opening the folder, pointing to New on the File menu, then clicking Shortcut. Drag the shortcut to your desktop.)
- RightÃ¢â‚¬â€œclick the new shortcut, and then click Properties.
- In the Properties dialog box, click the Shortcut tab, and in the Shortcut key box, enter a Control key combination or a ControlÃ¢â‚¬â€œShift key combination, (that is, CTRL+ALT+M or CTRL+SHIFT+M when M is for music), and then click OK.
Accessing my documents, etc are a breeze now. Better yet, make a shortcuts folder on your desktop, and when you have to open a file through a dialog, open that folder and go to your most accessed directories quickly.
Guest Article by Anirudh S