outlook 2010

I would like to make a shortcut to a public folder in outlook 2010 on my windows 7 desktop. I created this folder as a calendar item in outlook 2010, and I am the owner.
I went to the folder in outlook, in public folders, and right clicked the folder I created, then went to the properties and copied the location information. Then I created a  new shortcut and pasted the location info in quotes because of the spaces in the name of the shortcut. It looks something like this
"\\Public Folders - Jeffrey.Beall@email.org\All Public Folders\*Health Corporate\Information Services\IS Calendar Folder"
however, the shortcut doesn't get created with an error that it can't find
any ideas on how to create a shortcut to a public calendar folder?
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Microsoft Outlook data is not stored on the filesystem in a way that is accessible by the rest of the operating system, so the "Public Folders" are not actually normal file folders. This means the path "\\Public Folders - Jeffrey.Beall@email.org\All Public Folders\*Health Corporate\Information Services\IS Calendar Folder" does not actually exist anywhere on your network, and making a shortcut to it on your desktop is nonsensical.

The only way you can open this folder is from within Microsoft Outlook, not from a shortcut on your desktop.

There are a few alternative features of Outlook that might get you close to what you're trying to do:

1) Outlook 2010 has a "Favourites" feature. You can drag the public folder into the Favourites in the sidebar for quick and easy access. See here:


2) Outlook can be configured to open a folder of your choice at start-up, instead of the default "Outlook Today" screen. This can be configured in Outlook's advanced options. This way, when you doubleclick the normal Outlook shortcut on your desktop and launch Outlook, it will start in the Public Folder.


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You can quickly open folders via Quick Steps.

Right click on the Quick Step and you’ll see a “Go to <folder name>” command which directly takes you to the folder it normally moves the messages to.
With this simple trick you can quickly access the folder without the need to browse for it or to add it to the Favorites section.
A right click on a "Move To Folder" Quick Step offers you to go to that folder.

JeffBeallAuthor Commented:
thank you so much for the answers, although now I'm in a quandary. Frosty555, I appreciate the explanation to clarify what is happening. But Michael-Best, your solution will do just what I want, which is create a quick and easy way to open the calendar.
So I really would like to mark both answers with the best solution thing, but it doesn't let me.
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