How to create a desktop shortcut on Windows 10

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edited June 2021 in Software

This guide will show you how to create desktop shortcuts for programs or websites in Windows 10 through three different methods.

Creating shortcuts from specific websites or programs

  1. Right click anywhere on your desktop background and hover your cursor over New, and then choose Shortcut.

    Settings menu Shortcut

  2. Type in a website that you want to create a shortcut for or copy and paste a website URL from a specific page - in this example we will use Once this is determined choose Next.

    Create shortcut Next

  3. Name your shortcut and then Finish.

    Shortcut name Finish

Creating shortcuts to a website or web page

  1. Go to the web page that you want to create a shortcut for. Click on the URL at the top of the page to highlight it, then hold on the highlighted link and drag it to your desktop background - this will create a shortcut.

    Edge Googlecom Chrome Shortcut

  2. Right click on the shortcut and choose Rename.


  3. Type in the name that you want for the shortcut and then press Enter on your keyboard.

Creating shortcuts for programs, software, or files

  1. Find the Windows search bar on the bottom of your screen. Type in the program that you are creating a shortcut for. Right click on the program and then select Open file location.

    Windows search bar ESET

  2. Right click then hover over Send to and choose Desktop (create shortcut). This will place a shortcut on your desktop.

    send to desktop

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