Making Programs Easier to Find in Windows 10

By Andy Rathbone

Whenever you install a new program on your Windows 10 computer, the program usually asks way too many obtuse questions. But perk up your ears when you see this question: “Would you like a shortcut icon placed on your desktop or taskbar?”

Say yes, please, as that will save you from dashing out to the Start menu to find the program’s icon or tile.

But if your favorite programs don’t yet have icons on the desktop or taskbar, put them there by following these steps:

  1. Head to the Start menu and scroll down the list of apps in the menu’s left column.

    As you scroll up or down, an alphabetical list of icons for all your apps and programs scrolls up or down, as well. (When in Tablet mode, click the All Apps icon to see all your apps.)

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  2. Right-click the name of any program or app you want to appear on the taskbar, choose More from the pop-up menu, and choose Pin to Taskbar from the second pop-up menu.

    If you’re using a touchscreen, hold down your finger on the desired app icon for a second or two. Then lift your finger, tap the word More, and tap the Pin to Taskbar option on the pop-up menu.

Now, instead of heading to the Start menu, you can launch your oft-used apps with a click on their taskbar icon.