How to Change the Program or File That Opens When You Click a Shortcut

If you have a shortcut icon on your Desktop, then it is associated with a specific program or file. However, the icon is not specifically linked to that program, meaning that you can change the program or file that opens when you click the icon. Whether you want to do this because you associate a particular icon with a particular file, or simply if you want to play a joke on a friend, it is very easy to make the adjustment.

 

 

 

 

Step 1: Browse to the file for the program that you want to open when you click the link on your Desktop.

 

Step 2: Right-click the file, then click “Properties.”

Right-click a program file, then click "Properties"

 

Step 3: Click inside the “Target” field, press “Ctrl + A” to select the URL, then press “Ctrl + C” to copy it.

Copy the program's URL

 

Step 4: Right-click the icon on your Desktop that you want to change, then click “Properties.”

 

Step 5: Click inside the “Target” field, press “Ctrl + A” to select the current URL, then press “Ctrl + V” to paste the one you previously copied.

Paste the file URL into the Target field of the desired icon

 

Step 6: Click “Apply,” then click “OK.” If you are prompted to supply administrator access, click the “Yes” button.

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