How to Copy & Paste Shortcuts

By Craig Witt

Programs and files on the Microsoft Windows operating system exist in a single location on the computer's hard drive. Because this location may require several clicks to access, the system allows you to reach the content using a link that points to the actual location. Known as shortcuts, these links can appear in the "Start" menu, on the desktop or in any Windows Explorer folder. Copying and pasting them from one location to another is quick and easy.

Step 1

Navigate to the desktop or Windows Explorer folder containing the shortcut you want to copy. If the shortcut exists on the "Start" menu, click "Start" and navigate to the menu folder containing the shortcut.

Step 2

Right-click the shortcut icon, and select "Copy." If the icon exists on the desktop or in a Windows Explorer folder, you can alternately click the icon and then press the "Ctrl" and "C" keys simultaneously to execute the command.

Step 3

Navigate to the location where you want the copy of the shortcut created.

Step 4

Right-click and select "Paste." If you are copying the icon to the desktop or a Windows Explorer folder, you can alternately press the "Ctrl" and "V" keys simultaneously to execute the command.