How to Create a File Shortcut in Android

Android lets you create any application shortcuts you want and put them on your home screens just by long pressing on their icons in the app drawer. However, if you want to create home screen icons for individual files such as MP3 files, Word documents or photos, you'll need to follow a few simple steps. Here's how to create a file shortcut in Android.

1. Download and install ES File Explorer File Manager if you don't have it already. Some other file managers such as Astro File Manager also offer the ability to create file shortcuts, but we chose ES File Manager for this tutorial because of its simplicity.

2. Open ES File Explorer File Manager.

3. Navigate to the file or files you want to create home screen shortcuts for. You can usually find email attachments in the Download folder while photos usually sit under the DCIM folder.

4. Long press the file you want to select. A checkbox appears next to the file name. Do not select additional files at the same time.

5. Tap More. A dialog box appears.

6. Tap Add To desktop.

A message appears, informing you that a shortcut has been created. You will now see the shortcut on your home screen. If there's no room on your middle home screen, the shortcut will appear on one of your other home screens.

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