For those of you who are like me and try to do everything with the keyboard (without having to use the mouse, then back to the keyboard, then the mouse….) – this is a great little hack that works from (at least) Windows XP through Windows 8. It allows you to create ‘aliases’ for programs and run them by typing that alias into the run prompt. Here is how it’s done:
1. Make a shortcut of your program
2. Copy that shortcut into your user directory (e.g.: c:usersjoesmith)
3. Name that shortcut so that the file name is the desired alias (e.g.: app)
4. Try it out – hit the Windows key and R to bring up the run prompt, then type your alias (in this case app) and hit enter
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