You can create a desktop shortcut to anything you like if you know how. You just need to know what file opens what program and luckily most programs that you have installed on your computer have an executable file to open them. They would look something like this: “NameOfProgram.exe”. You can find a programs .exe file where it is installed, usually in program files in your C: drive.
You can even Create a desktop shortcut to open regedit instead of having to go the long way round to open the registry. There are so many good reasons to know how to create a desktop shortcut.
How to create a desktop shortcut
This tutorial about how to create a desktop shortcut will apply for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows Seven.
1. First you must right click on your desktop and the menu will appear like the one below.
2. Choose New from the menu.
3. Then choose Shortcut from the next menu that appears.
4. The box below appears. Here you can type the path to your shortcut or you can press browse and select it. I prefer to browse because it is easy to make a mistake when writing a path. Try selecting My Computer or My Documents, then press next.
What can you create a desktop shortcut to?
- You can create a desktop shortcut to a program if you have accidentally deleted the original one from the desktop.
- You can create a desktop shortcut to regedit and gpedit.msc.
- You can create a desktop shortcut to a webpage to make it easy to access your favorite sites.
- I like to create a shortcut to the on-screen keyboard.
Notes on how to create a desktop shortcut
- To create a new shortcut to desktop icon is a different process that will create a show desktop icon. That means that when you press on the icon the desktop shows and all other open Windows are minimized.
- What is an EXE file? EXE file = executable file: basically a file that will execute a program.
What program would you create a desktop shortcut to?