Creating Desktop Shortcuts for Quick Access to Startup Disk Options in OS X and Windows 7 (Boot Camp)

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This post just provides some quick tips on creating desktop shortcuts for accessing the Preferences Pane (OS X) and Control Panel (Windows 7) options for selecting the startup disk on a Mac.

These aren’t single-click shortcuts that will initiate an automatic reboot into the other OS, though I may work on that later. These tips will just save a few clicks when preparing to boot into OS X or Windows on a Mac. I’ve been using this method for some time.

Creating a Startup Disk Alias in OS X

  1. In the Finder go to your primary OS X drive
  2. Navigate to System -> Library -> PreferencePanes
  3. Select StartupDisk.prefPane
  4. Click and drag to the Desktop while holding Cmd + Option
  5. Rename the alias, if desired


Creating a Desktop Shortcut in Windows 7

  1. Open Control Panel
  2. Click on System and Security
  3. Right-Click on Boot Camp
  4. Select Create Shortcut from the context menu

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