Although I know most of you are probaby using Windows Vista, I thought Id better document this before I forget how.

On my IBM Laptop there is no windows key, so how to I create a quick link equivalent to [Windows]+[E] (open explorer) (in this example I will get it to open Drive D).

  1. Right click on the desktop and New > Shortcut
  2. In the “type the location of the item box type in… 
    %systemroot%\explorer.exe /n,/e,D:
  3. In the “Type a name for this shortcut” enter
    Explorer D

Other stuff

  1. Test it by double clicking
  2. To change the icon, right click and click change icon button
  3. To add to your task bar (the one with Start at the bottom of the screen, just drag it (I delete my desktop one)
  4. To open a specific folder (eg. D:\myfolder\GoodStuff ) in properties: 
          Target : %systemroot%\explorer.exe /n,/e,D:\myfolder\GoodStuff
           Start in: D:

.. easy aye…

By the way if you really want to create a shutdown icon in XP, the code for this is
shutdown -s -t 0 (the last character is a zero)