Tech Tip – Create Instant Shortcuts If you need to access certain files or folders quickly in Windows, you can help yourself by being able to easily create instant shortcuts to them. Here’s how: Go to the folder or file that you’ll need fast access to. Hold down Alt then drag it from a File Explorer window to the desktop (or anywhere else on disk). Right-click on it. Choose Properties to make changes to the new shortcut, e.g. the program it opens up with by default.