In this work we present a method to rapidly direct a chaotic system, to an aimed state or target, through a sequence of control perturbations, with few different amplitudes chosen according to the allowed control-parameter changes. We applied this procedure to the one-dimensional Logistic map, to the two-dimensional Henon map, and to the Double Scroll circuit described by a three-dimensional system of differential equations. Furthermore, for the Logistic map, we show numerically that the resulting trajectory (from the starting point to the target) goes along a stable manifold of the target. Moreover, using the Henon map, we create and stabilize unstable periodic orbits, and also verify the procedure robustness in the presence of noise. We apply our method to the Double Scroll circuit, without using any low-dimensional mapping to represent its dynamics, an improvement with respect to previous targeting methods only applied for experimental systems that are mapping-modeled. (C) 1998 American Institute of Physics.