How to Add Your Favorite Folder or Program to (My) Computer in Windows 7 and 8

Would you like to have that favorite folder or program that you use all the time listed in Computer along with all your drives so it is really easy to access? Computer is not a regular folder so you can’t just drop a shortcut there the usual way. But there is a quick way to get a shortcut listed in Computer and here’s how.

Windows 7

  1. Open the Start search box
  2. Enter:  %appdata%
  3. The hidden folder “Roaming” will open
  4. Navigate to the subfolder \Microsoft\Windows\Network Shortcuts
  5. Place a shortcut there to the desired folder or program

Windows 8

  1. Open the Run box with the keyboard shortcut Winkey+R
  2. Enter:  %appdata%
  3. The hidden folder “Roaming” will open
  4. Navigate to the subfolder \Microsoft\Windows\Network Shortcuts
  5. Place a shortcut there to the desired folder or program

That’s it. Open Computer and you will see your shortcut listed as a Network Location.

Related information

Of course, there are usually many ways to do things in Windows and here are previous tips on other ways to make your favorite folder easy to access

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by John0904 on 25. April 2013 - 14:16  (107329)

I consider myself a geeky type person and I found this tip very informational. Thank you.

And here is a picture of my Computer with the added "Super Control Panel" inserted in (My) Computer.

http://postimg.org/image/6pyp8srr1/

by avoidz on 25. April 2013 - 12:51  (107327)

Or you could just drag and drop a folder onto Favorites in a Windows Explorer window.

by keno on 23. April 2013 - 20:43  (107297)

Tried this out & when I got to windows, Network was not there for Win7. I tried it unblocking hidden files & folders & it was still not there???? Is there a missing step???

by alexxx46 on 25. April 2013 - 15:18  (107331)

Just create the new folder Network Shortcuts and place your shortcuts there.

by v.laurie on 23. April 2013 - 20:53  (107298)

I'm not quite sure what you did. Are you saying that there is no folder "\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Network Shortcuts". You say "Network was not there" but the folder you want is "Network Shortcuts".

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