How To: Add shortcuts into ‘My Computer’


Dear viewers,The area in Windows Explorer known for a long time as “My Computer” and in more recent iterations labeled just “Computer” is generally not terribly customizable. For items such as hard drives and devices to be displayed they first have to be detected and recognized by Windows. However, there is an exception under the “Network Location” display area where working shortcuts can indeed be added and displayed.

Why is that useful? In truth, it may not be to many users but I’ve always preferred a clean, uncluttered desktop and the ‘My Computer’ area has always seemed a bit of a waste of real estate and a logical place to add shortcuts, particularly for system tools/utilities and the like. How about quicker and easier access to System Restore for example?

Whether you find it useful or not, just knowing ‘how’ is almost certain to enhance your ‘geek’ cred.

Here’s how – (the same method can be applied to add shortcuts for any program):

First, we need to navigate to the ‘Network Shortcuts’ folder which is located at C:\\Users\\Your username\\AppData\\Roaming\\Microsoft\\Windows\\Network Shortcuts. A quick way to get there is to open an instance of Run (press the Windows + R keys), type or copy and paste the following into the Run dialogue box: %appdata%\\microsoft\\Windows\\Network Shortcuts – and then press Enter.


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