Windows 10 also allows you to create shortcuts to programs, directories, folders and even websites on your desktop. Desktop icons may be somewhat out of style, but as part of a beautifully arranged desktop, they are still helpful. In this article, we will guide you through the procedure to create shortcuts for desktop on Windows 10.

Create shortcuts on Windows 10 desktop

You can create shortcuts for the following:

  • Applications
  • Files or folders
  • Websites

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

Click the Start button. Choose any application for which you want to create shortcut e.g. Calendar as the following image is showing.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 desktop shortcut for the website will be created as the following image is showing.

Conclusion

By following this procedure you will be able to create desktop shortcuts of applications, files, folders and websites in Windows 10.

How to make shortcuts on Windows 10 desktop
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Karim Buzdar

About the Author: Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. He blogs at LinuxWays.

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