In Windows Vista, you might come across the condition that you frequently have to use the network connection and connect to function. Here is the summary to create a shortcut to network connections in your desktop.
Simply create a new shortcut by right clicking on desktop (new -> shortcut). Name it as your choice but the path allocated should be as:
(for a screenshot on how to enter the path click here) This path is simply a code that connects you to folder under network connection letting you see the available network connections, and let you create one if you want.