Last Updated Dec 2, 2008 12:01 PM EST
The How-To Geek shows you how to create e-mail shortcuts (in Windows). It's a pretty simple process: You simply create a new shortcut on the desktop, plug in the recipient's e-mail address (using the mailto: prefix), and then give the shortcut a name (such as "E-mail Shawna"). You can then delve into the Properties for that shortcut and assign a hotkey, like Ctrl-Alt-S.
I highly recommend the hotkey option. It works no matter what application you're using -- just one press and presto: A new mail window appears, already addressed to your desired recipient.
Make sure to read the full post to learn some advanced tricks, like automatically adding a subject line and/or multiple recipients.