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Open files/folders with your own WORDS

Updated on November 10, 2008
 
  1. Are you the one amongst people who are bored of using mouse?
  2. Do you want to save time by using keystrokes to open files/folders?
  3. Do you tend to forget the file path of less frequently used files?
  4. Do you like to open files/folders using just few keystrokes?

If you say YES to any of question above, then go ahead with this blog. In Microsoft windows, you can open the file/folder with USER DEFINED NAMES. For example, if you have file path like below:

E:\Durai\Documents\My Personal Documents\Banks\Credit cards\Hdfc\Payment Made\Aug 2008.xls

You need not to click on each folder every time and you can just type one word like "Aug2008" to open "Aug 2008.xls".

You need to follow some simple steps to achieve this. Here I have given the step-by-step procedure for both Windows Vista and Windows XP.

Windows Vista:

Step 1:

Create a folder with the name "My shortcuts" anywhere you like, for example, C:\Users\Durai\My Shelf\My Shortcuts

Step 2:

Click on windows "Start". Right click on "Computer". Then click on "Properties". See the screenshots below.

 

Step 3:

New window opens.

Click on "Advance System Settings".

System properties window opens.

Click on "Enviroment Variables". See the screenshots below.

Step 4:

"Enviroment Variables" window opens.

You will see the Variable "TEMP". Select it and then select the variable "Path" under "System Variables".

Then, click on "Edit".

"Edit System Variable" window opens.

Here you will find like the following: C:\Program Files\PC Connectivity Solution\;%SystemRoot%\system32;%SystemRoot%;%SystemRoot%\System32\Wbem;

At the end of this, paste your "My Shortcuts" folder path (for example, C:\Users\Durai\My Shelf\My Shortcuts). For example: C:\Program Files\PC Connectivity Solution\;%SystemRoot%\system32;%SystemRoot%;%SystemRoot%\System32\Wbem;C:\Users\Durai\My Shelf\My Shortcuts;

Please find the screenshot below:

 

Step 5:

Now, create a shortcut of file you want to open, for example, right click on E:\Durai\Documents\My Personal Documents\Banks\Credit cards\Hdfc\Payment Made\Aug 2008.xls, then "create shortcut".

Copy this shortcut file and paste in the "My shortcuts" folder created in Step1.

Rename it as you want, for example "Aug2008".

That is it.... You are done now!!!

Step 6:

Now go to Start -> Run. Type "Aug2008". Now you have saved few seconds. You can see the file opened.

You can create shortcuts for files or folders and you can rename them and dump it in "My Shortcuts" folder.

Give them names which you can easily remember.

Open them using RUN.

Windows XP:

Step 1:

Create a folder with the name "My shortcuts" anywhere you like, for example, C:\Users\Durai\My Shelf\My Shortcuts

Step 2:

Click on windows "Start". Right click on "Computer". Then click on "Properties".

System properties window opens.

Click on "Enviroment Variables". See the screenshot below.

Step 3:

Click on "Path" under "System Variables". See the screenshot below.

Step 4:

"Edit System Variable" window opens.

Here you will find like the following: C:\Program Files\PC Connectivity Solution\;%SystemRoot%\system32;%SystemRoot%;%SystemRoot%\System32\Wbem;

At the end of this, paste your "My Shortcuts" folder path (for example, C:\Users\Durai\My Shelf\My Shortcuts). For example: C:\Program Files\PC Connectivity Solution\;%SystemRoot%\system32;%SystemRoot%;%SystemRoot%\System32\Wbem;C:\Users\Durai\My Shelf\My Shortcuts;

Step 5:

Now, create a shortcut of file you want to open, for example, right click on E:\Durai\Documents\My Personal Documents\Banks\Credit cards\Hdfc\Payment Made\Aug 2008.xls, then "create shortcut".

Copy this shortcut file and paste in the "My shortcuts" folder created in Step1.

Rename it as you want, for example "Aug2008".

That is it.... You are done now!!!

Step 6:

Now go to Start -> Run. Type "Aug2008". Now you have saved few seconds. You can see the file opened.

You can create shortcuts for files or folders and you can rename them and dump it in "My Shortcuts" folder.

Give them names which you can easily remember.

Open them using RUN.

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