How To: Create Shortcuts in Windows Mobile
Shortcuts are small files containing the location of another file, or the command line required to launch an application in Microsoft Windows operating systems. They are commonly placed within the Windows Start Menu as a convenient way to access common functions of your Windows Mobile device. By creating and organizing your own shortcuts you can customize the features you have quick access to on your Windows mobile device.
Creating a Shortcut in Windows Mobile
You can create shortcuts directly on the Windows Mobile Device by using the built in File Explorer application. In order to create a shortcut in Windows Mobile, first navigate to the file you want a shortcut for and tap and hold the stylus over the file to display a context sensitive popup menu. From the menu select the “Copy” option.
Now navigate to the location where you want to place the shortcut and tap and hold the stylus over a blank area (such as after the last file in the directory listing). This displays a similar context sensitive popup menu from which you can select a “Paste Shortcut” option.
A shortcut to the file will be created. By default the newly created shortcut will have the name “Shortcut to TOMSTRICKS” where TOMSTRICKS was the original file name. By using the standard file rename functionality you can rename the shortcut to a more suitable name.
Uses of Windows Mobile Shortcuts
Shortcuts are used within the Windows Mobile operating system for a wide range of purposes. By placing your shortcuts into specific folders you can obtain special functionality. Some examples include:
- \Windows\StartUp – shortcuts to applications placed in this directory will automatically be started whenever the Windows Mobile device is reset.
- \Windows\Start Menu - shortcuts placed in this directory will appear in the Windows start menu.
- \Windows\Start Menu\Settings – shortcuts placed in this folder will appear on the System tab of the Settings application that is accessible via the Start Menu.