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I'd like to add a shortcut on Android 4.2.1 to a local pptx file.

Is that possible ?

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Should I delete this trivial question or just accept my answer (or a better one if one comes) in 2 days ? – Denys Séguret Feb 6 '13 at 16:45
Accept your answer. :) – geffchang Feb 6 '13 at 16:51
up vote 2 down vote accepted

In fact it's easy to do using a file explorer application.

I used ES File Explorer but I suspect other programs have the same feature.

Using ES File Explorer, you have to navigate to the file, then do a long click on the file icon until a menu appears. Then you choose Shortcut. Nothing shows the operation works but a new icon will be present in the launcher.

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For explanation purposes of your answer, can you give the steps that you take in ES File Explorer to create the shortcut? – Ryan Conrad Feb 6 '13 at 16:47
@RyanConrad Looks like it's just a plain shortcut. I was thinking it was a file shortcut to the homescreen. Don't know if that would be possible, but that's for another question. Haha. – geffchang Feb 6 '13 at 16:52

It's a shame that this isn't built into Android. Fortuantely, there are now many apps that can do that (mostly a side functionality of file manager apps).

If you just need a lightweight standalone app for this, I can recommend File Shortcut.

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Just adding another file manager alternative to Denys's answer (which really works, +1 for that) which provides a little bit more customization:

Total Commander

  1. navigate to the file in Total Commander
  2. bring up the context menu by long tapping the file
  3. click "Create link on desktop"
  4. now you can add a custom text and optionally a custom icon to the shortcut. In the Command field, you can also define a custom command to run or define a specific app you would like to open the file with. (For example if you have a PDF file and multiple PDF viewers (or you have a video file and multiple video players), you can define which the file should open with.)
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