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Step 4. Record Information about Special Desktop Shortcuts

If you have any shortcuts on your desktop that point to a specific document or file (e.g., Excel spreadsheet, Access database) on a network drive (H: or S:) :

  1. Right-click on the shortcut.

  2. From the pop-up menu, choose Properties.

  3. In the Properties window, click on the Shortcut tab.

  4. Write down the pathway shown in the Target field, so you can later recreate your shortcut on your new computer. You can also right-click > copy the path and paste into a Word or Notepad document that you can save to a separate location.

If you wish to save a picture of your current desktop for future reference:

  1. Hit the Windows logo key on the keyboard and start typing in Snipping Tool

  2. When Snipping Tool shows up, Click on it. This will open the Snipping Tool window.

  3. You can first click on Mode and choose how you want to take the screenshot.

  4. Once you are done click on New and based on the Mode you selected, Take your screenshot.

  5. After the screenshot a window will pop up of the screenshot. Click on File and Save As. Choose your location on where to save it. (The H drive, Google Drive or an External Drive).

Continue to Step 5: Printer Information

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