Vista: Create FTP shortcut with login details

November 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.

Here’s how:

  1. Open the Computer folder (Start > Computer [on the right panel]).
  2. Right-click anywhere in a blank space, then select Add a Network Location.
  3. Click Next on the first page of the Add Network Location wizard.
  4. Select Choose a custom network location, then click Next.
  5. Enter the following into the Internet or Network Address field, substituting your own username, password and FTP address as appropriate:
  6. Click Next. Give the FTP address a more meaningful name, if required, then click Next.
  7. 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.]

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