• noun a feature of Windows that allows a user to define an icon that links to another file or application. For example you could place shortcut icons on the Windows desktop to allow you to start an application without using the menu commands. The shortcut has the same icon as the original file but has a tiny arrow in the bottom left-hand corner. It is not a duplicate of the original, rather it is a pointer to the original file.


  • A key, key combination, icon, or file which provides quick and simple access to a program, function, file, device, or the like. For instance, double-clicking on an icon which represents a given file will open said file, along with the application utilized to access it.