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Article ID: 140443 - Last Review: March 12, 2015 - Revision: 9.0

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Summary

This article describes how to create a new shortcut on the desktop in Windows. The following topics are discussed:

Creating a Shortcut to a Program or File

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To create a shortcut on the desktop to a program or file, there are two possible methods to choose from.

Method 1

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  1. Right-click an open area on the desktop, point to New, and then click Shortcut.
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  2. Click Browse.
  3. Locate the program or file to which you want to create a shortcut, click the program or file, click Open, and then click Next.
  4. Type a name for the shortcut. If a Finish button appears at the bottom of the dialog box, click it. If a Next button appears at the bottom of the dialog box, click it, click the icon you want to use for the shortcut, and then click Finish.
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Method 2

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Note This method does not apply to Windows 8.1 and Windows 8. For more information about how to create a shortcut in Windows 8.1 or Windows 8, view How to create software shortcut methods in the desktop mode of Windows 8 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2820848) .
  1. Click Start, point to All Programs, and then right-click the program you want to create the shortcut to.
  2. Point to Send to, and then click Desktop (create shortcut).
  3. For example, if you want to create a shortcut to Microsoft Word 2013, to find that program, click Start, and then point to All Programs. Right-click Word 2013, point to Send to, and then click Desktop (create shortcut).
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  4. You will find the shortcut on the Desktop.
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Creating a Shortcut to a Printer

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To create a shortcut on the desktop to a printer, follow these steps: 
  1. To create a shortcut to a printer, click Start, and then click Devices and Printers.
  2. Right-click the printer icon, drag it to an open area on the desktop, and then click Create shortcuts here.
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Creating Shortcuts to Other Objects

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To create a shortcut on the desktop to other objects (such as a folder or computer), follow these steps:
  1. Use My Computer or Windows Explorer to locate the object to which you want to create a shortcut.
  2. Right-click the object, and then click Create shortcut.
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  3. Drag the new shortcut to an open area on the desktop.
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Helpful Tips

  • To modify settings for a shortcut, right-click the shortcut, and then click Properties. Settings that can be modified include the key combination used to start the shortcut and whether the program starts minimized, maximized, or normally.
  • To delete a shortcut, right-click the shortcut, and then click Delete. Or, you may drag the shortcut to the Recycle Bin. When you delete a shortcut to an object, the original object is not deleted.
  • After you create a shortcut to a printer, you can print documents by dragging the documents to the printer shortcut. The program used to print the document will open briefly and then close.

Applies to
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 95
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