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How to Make Apps Easier to Find in Windows 10

By Andy Rathbone

There’s a very easy way to make an app easy to find in Windows 10. Whenever you install a new program on your computer running, 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 click its All Apps option.

    Click the words All Apps near the Start menu’s bottom-left corner. Icons for all of your apps and programs appear, sorted alphabetically.

  2. Right-click the name of any program or app you want to appear on the taskbar and choose Pin to Taskbar.

    If you’re using a touchscreen, hold down your finger on the desired app icon. When the app’s name pops up, lift your finger. Then 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.

After you’ve stocked your taskbar with icons, pretend they’re numbered, from left to right, but don’t number the Task View icon. Pressing the Windows key + 1 from the desktop opens the first program; the Windows key + 2 opens the second program; and so on. You’ve created automatic shortcuts!