Add a shortcut to your desktop

You can create shortcuts on your desktop that enable you to open your favorite files and folders by simply double-clicking your mouse.

To add a shortcut from a file to your desktop


Browse through your My Documents folder, and find the file that you want to create a shortcut to.


Right-click the file that you want to be able to open from your desktop, click Send To, and then click Desktop.

File shortcut menu with Send To – Desktop (create shortcut) selected

You’ll see the shortcut on your desktop.

Note: The shortcut icon has an arrow in the lower-left corner to indicate that it’s a shortcut rather than the actual file. You can open a shortcut just like you would any other file by double-clicking it. However, if you delete the shortcut, you won’t remove the file itself.

Shortcuts as they appear on the desktop

For more information about shortcuts, read Working with icons and shortcuts.


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