if you want extremely quick access to a file or such (this is especially useful for portable apps), the desktop is the answer. As proof of concept open task manager, and go to processes and end "explorer.exe". This is windows explorer running in the background. When it ends, the task bar and desktop icons will disappear. If you right click, nothing will happen. To take advantage of this I have a portable app called APP.exe. I would drag the .exe file from the windows explorer window to the desktop section visible and it would move/copy. Then I would double click the file and it would open the file. TADA!!!
this also works for .doc, .gif, .png, .zip, etc.