While this may sound very basic to some, others may find it helpful. Over the past few months, I have received a few emails asking me to prepare a basic tutorial on creating keyboard shortcuts. So in this article, we will see how to create a desktop shortcut in Windows 10/8/7 for your favorite applications, programs, websites, etc., and put it on your desktop or any other folder for easy access.

Create a desktop shortcut in Windows 10

Method 1. The easiest way to create a shortcut on the desktop is to right-click on its .exe file and choose to Send To > Desktop (Create shortcut).

You will see that its shortcut has been created on your Windows desktop.

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If you instead choose to create a shortcut, its shortcut will be made in the same location. You can then drag and drop to your desired folder location.

Method 2.

Step 1. There is another way, and that’s by right-clicking on your Desktop and then choosing New> Shortcut. You will see the following box open.

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Step 2. You must enter the path of the executable file if you know the way to enter it, for which you want to create shortcuts

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If you don’t know how to enter it, click the Browse button and browse to the .exe file you want to select.

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For example, I took FixWin, a free tool that helps you fix Windows problems in one click. Once you have selected it, click OK.

Now click Next to open the following window. You can keep the same name or modify it.

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Clicking Finish will create the desktop shortcut. But you will notice that it has a default icon.

To give the shortcut an appropriate icon, right-click it, and choose Properties.

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When the Properties dialog box appears, click the Change icon button.

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The box below will open. You can choose one of the system icons, or you can click the Browse button and browse to the folder where you can stock your personal .ico files.

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Select the icon you want and click Apply. Your shortcut will get the exciting icons you want.

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Incidentally, if you want, you can always cut-paste and move this shortcut and place it in any other folder of your choice.

If you don’t like it, you can remove text shortcuts and Shortcut arrows using a registry tweak or our freeware Ultimate Windows Tweaker, which is available for Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7 / Vista.