I showed you how to make a desktop shortcut to run a command and a reader had a question about shortcuts:

“When making shortcuts, how do you know what to call it that the computer understands? I have no idea what the command to “check disk” is for, but if I did know, and wanted a shortcut for it, I wouldn’t have known to spell it “chkdsk.

You can name a shortcut anything you want. Your PC doesn’t really pay any attention to the name. Your computer will recognize a shortcut using the code it creates when you create the shortcut. The label you give it is really just for your benefit. As you can see here, I named my shortcut Run check disk.

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I could just as easily have named it Fred. In fact, I can right-click on a shortcut and choose rename.

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Then I’ll get a box where I can type the new name.

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Now the shortcut is called Fred.

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I wouldn’t suggest calling a shortcut Fred because you’ll want some information about what the shortcut does. So you’ll want to stick with something that makes it pretty clear what the shortcut is for.

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You can also rename shortcuts for existing programs if that makes it easier for you or someone else to use. Say you have a relative who gets a little confused about getting online and he uses Mozilla Firefox as a browser. Normally, you’d say to click the Firefox icon to go online.

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You could right-click on the shortcut and choose Rename from the drop-down menu.

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Name it something simpler like Click to go online.

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Since the original article the reader referred to was about creating a shortcut for a command, I want to emphasize that calling a shortcut whatever you want refers only to naming she shortcut, not to creating a command itself.

If you’re using the command prompt in the window shown below, every character must be exactly right and that includes spaces.

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