How to Create a Desktop Shortcut in Windows 10

By Nancy C. Muir

Windows 10 lets you create shortcuts so that you can quickly access whatever you need. Shortcuts are handy little icons you can put on the desktop for quick access to items you use on a frequent basis.

  1. To create a new shortcut, first click the Start button on the taskbar.
  2. Locate an app and then click and drag it to the desktop, as with the item called “Link” shown.
  3. Click and drag the shortcut that appears to the preferred location on the desktop.

    Windows 10 desktop shortcuts

  4. Double-click the icon to open the app.

 

You can create a shortcut for a brand-new item by right-clicking the desktop, clicking New, and then clicking Shortcut. A dialog box opens that allows you to select an item to place there, such as a text document, an image, or a folder. Then double-click the shortcut that appears to open the item.

If you want to remove a shortcut from the desktop, right-click the shortcut and, in the menu that appears, click Delete.