How Do You Create a Shortcut on the Desktop?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 17, 2020 1:49:14 PM ET

To create a shortcut on the desktop, right-click on the desktop, point to New, click Shortcut, and then click Browse. Select the file or program you want to make a shortcut for, then click Open, click Next, and then select the name the file. Click Finish to complete the process.

  1. Right-click on the desktop

    Right-click inside an open area on the desktop, point to New, click Shortcut, and then click Browse.

  2. Locate the desired file or program

    Locate the program or file that you want to create a shortcut to, click the program or file, click Open, and then click Next.

  3. Name the shortcut

    Type a name for the shortcut, and click Finish or Next. Click the icon you want to use for the shortcut, and then click Finish.