How to make shortcuts on the Windows 10 desktop

On your desktop, Windows 10 allows you to create shortcuts to applications, directories, files, and even websites. Although desktop icons are out of style, they are still useful when used as part of a well-organized desktop. We'll walk you through the steps to create desktop shortcuts on Windows 10 in this post.

On the Windows 10 desktop, create shortcuts.

Shortcuts can be made for the following:

  • Files or directories used by applications
  • Websites

Follow these steps in order to create program shortcuts on your Windows 10 desktop:

To begin, press the Start button. Choose any program for which you wish to create a shortcut, such as Calendar in the example below.

Create a Calendar shortcut

Now drag and drop the application to the desktop. As soon as you will drop the application on the desktop, Link will appear as the following image is showing.

Copy link

The desktop shortcut of the application will appear on the screen like this.

Icon

To create shortcuts of files or folders for your desktop on Windows 10, follow this procedure step by step:

Find a file or folder of which shortcut you want to create on the desktop. Select the file and press Alt key from the keyboard. Drag and drop the file to the desktop as the following image is showing.

Create a link in Desktop

While drag and drop, the file will show Create link in Desktop as highlighted in the above image. If you will not press the Alt key, it will only copy the file to the desktop.

The folder shortcut has the same procedure as of file.

To create shortcuts of websites for your desktop on Windows 10, follow this procedure step by step:

Open the web browser. Enter the website for which you want to create a desktop shortcut as the following image is showing.

Create web link

Now click on the lock icon at the left side of the web address as highlighted in the above image. Drag and drop the website on to the desktop and the desktop shortcut for the website will be created as the following image is showing.

Drag & Drop link target

Shortcuts have been successfully created.

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