Whether you’re looking for an easy way to access an application, navigate to a website, or open a file, creating desktop shortcuts can be a great help. There are several ways to add desktop shortcuts on Windows 10, including through File Explorer, your Start Menu app list, and by using the Create Shortcut Wizard.
Adding desktop shortcuts to applications
You can create desktop shortcuts for your favorite apps, folders, and files. Depending on your preferences, you can either hide these shortcuts or display them as part of your desktop background. To make these shortcuts easier to find, you can also pin them to the Start menu or the Taskbar.
To create a desktop shortcut to an application, first locate the program in your app list. Then, drag it from the list to your desktop. It’s important to hold down the Alt key while dragging the app to your desktop, as doing so allows you to create a link rather than just move it.
If you’re not sure where to drag an app, you can right-click the app icon in your app list and select Send to – Desktop (create shortcut). This will bring up a menu with various destinations that you can choose from.
Once you’ve selected Desktop (create shortcut), you can enter a name and finish creating your desktop shortcut. You can even create multiple desktop shortcuts for the same app or a variety of different apps.
Adding desktop shortcuts to store apps
Microsoft Store app is a great way to store and access your favorite apps without having to worry about updating them manually. However, if you’ve never used the store before, it can be a bit difficult to get started. Fortunately, it’s not hard to create a desktop shortcut that will take you straight to the store and install any of the apps you want instantly.
Creating a shortcut for an app from the file library
If you have a lot of apps and want to keep them all in one place, consider creating a shortcut in your file library. This method requires a little extra work, but it’s a good way to save space and quickly find what you need.
To create a shortcut for an app from the file system, you can simply open File Explorer and find the file or folder. You can then drag and drop the file or folder to your desktop. Then, you can click the “Create link in Desktop” button to create a shortcut for the file or folder.
Alternatively, you can right-click the item in your file library and select Copy as path (Ctrl + Shift + C). This will copy the path of the application into your app library, allowing you to easily locate it later.
If you use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, you can also create a desktop shortcut for a website by visiting the site and clicking the three-dot icon at the top of the window. Once you’ve created your shortcut, you can double-click it to open the page in a new tab or browser window.