In Windows, desktop shortcuts allow us to access the frequently used programs, files and folders without having to go to their separate directories. For instance, if you want to launch Mozilla Firefox, you can just click its desktop or taskbar icon. If there is no shortcut for the application, you will have to open the Windows Explorer, go to the install location, locate the executable file and run it to access the program. Imagine how much time would it take to open each app which normally requires you to do just a couple of clicks on your desktop. There is also another way to open some applications; the Windows + R “Run” console. It allows you to open some programs just by typing their name in the run dialog box. For example, if you enter “firefox” or “chrome” in the Run dialog and press Enter, Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browsers will launch, respectively. By default, you can access some of the default Windows programs, such as Notepad, and some third party applications, including Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, directly by entering their name in the Run dialog box. Windows + R Alias Manager is an application for Windows 8 that lets users create custom aliases for their most used applications, files and folders, for use in the Run dialog box.