Creating a desktop shortcut is a fundamental topic. However, it may be useful to others. In this post, we will see how to create a desktop shortcut in Windows 10/8/7 that will help you to create a shortcut of your favorite application, program, website, etc., and place it on your Desktop or any other folder. Once the shortcut is created, you move it to a separate place too.

How to create the desktop shortcut in Windows 10/8/7?

Method 1: The easiest way to create a desktop shortcut for your favorite program/file/folder is to right-click on it and select Send To.

select-create-shortcutHere, select Desktop (Create shortcut), and you will notice that its shortcut has been created on your Windows desktop.

create-shortcutMethod 2: Right-click on any program to which you want to create a shortcut.

create-shortcut-other-methodClick “Create shortcut.”

shortcut

A new window will open and ask you for “Windows can’t create a shortcut here. Do you want the shortcut to be placed on the desktop instead?

Click the “Yes” button.

Now a shortcut of that program will be created on the desktop.

Note: Method 2 only works for application shortcuts; it will not create a shortcut for file/folder.

Method 3: In this method, right-click on your desktop and then select New > Shortcut.

new-shortcutA new window will open as follows:

browse-for-fileSelect the file/folder path by clicking the “Browse…” button, or you can type the path if you know.

browse-for-path

I have taken AnyDesk as an example.

Click OK.

Click Next.

It will open the following window. You may keep the same name or modify it.

rename-of-shortcut

Clicking on the Finish button will create the desktop shortcut. To change the shortcut icon, right-click on it and select Properties.

When the Properties box opens, click on the Change icon button.

shortcut-icon-properitesThe following box will be opened. You may select one of the system icons.

change-icon

Click Apply, then OK.

Now you will see, desktop shortcut default icon has been changed.

 

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