Vista: Create FTP shortcut with login detailsNovember 25, 2009
Warnings and Disclaimers:
- Do not do this on a public computer.
- Be aware that putting your username and password into any saved setting may compromise your computer security.
Do you need to quickly upload a file to your website or an FTP site, but don’t want the hassle of opening your FTP program, going through the connection steps, etc.? Well, you can set up a shortcut in Vista — with your credentials already populated — so all you have to do is click the link on your desktop and you’re in.
- Open the Computer folder (Start > Computer [on the right panel]).
- Right-click anywhere in a blank space, then select Add a Network Location.
- Click Next on the first page of the Add Network Location wizard.
- Select Choose a custom network location, then click Next.
- Enter the following into the Internet or Network Address field, substituting your own username, password and FTP address as appropriate:
- Click Next. Give the FTP address a more meaningful name, if required, then click Next.
- Click Finish.
This network location will now appear in your Computer folder.
You can create a desktop shortcut for it too — just right-click on the new network location, then select Send to > Desktop (create shortcut).
Now, if you need to quickly upload a file, you just need to double-click on the shortcut and you’re in!
Note: This trick probably works in Windows 7 too (I don’t have Windows 7 installed on any of my computers yet), but I couldn’t get it to work in Windows XP.
[Thanks to Australian Personal Computer, October 2009 for alerting me to this shortcut trick.]