It’s relatively simple to create a desktop shortcut in Windows 10 and there are a couple of ways to do it. You can use the creation of shortcuts to get easy access to programmes, files and website favourites so you don’t have to go looking for what you want.

What is a Desktop Shortcut?

A desktop shortcut is basically an icon that you can click on to open a particular programme, file or website. It saves you going into a menu or searching online to find what you want. You simply click on the icon and it opens that particular asset immediately.
Desktop shortcuts are useful if you have regular programmes or sites that you use and want to open without too much fuss. The good news is that you can easily learn how to create a desktop shortcut in Windows 10.
From drag and drop to file creation, we take you through the different processes step by step.

How to Create a Desktop Shortcut in Windows 10

The conventional way to create a desktop shortcut is to right-click on the desktop. You’ll see a panel appear. Select New and then Shortcut.
This brings up a new panel which lets you enter the location of the shortcut that you want to create. You can click the browse button if it’s a file or programme that you have on your computer already.

The quicker way to create a shortcut is to drag and drop the asset. Let’s say you have an app in the starter menu panel that you want to move to your desktop. Click on the start button on the bottom left, scroll down the menu to the programme you want and select it. Left-click and hold down the button and drag the mouse and the icon onto your desktop.
The icon should move and land on the desktop. Release the right-click button and you’ve created your first shortcut.

Create a File Shortcut

A similar desktop shortcut in Windows 10 can be used to create important files. This is slightly different but serves the same purpose of easy access.
Simply right-click on the desktop and select New and then Folder. A blank folder will appear which has a line underneath to add a title. Complete this and then press return. You can now add files to the folder and have quick access when you open your computer.

Desktop Shortcut in Windows 10 for Web Favourites

There may be individual websites that you visit regularly and which you want to access from your desktop. Again, this is simple to do. Whether you use Microsoft Edge, Firefox or some other browser, the process is the same.

• Open your web browser.
• Minimize so you can also see your browser and desktop panel.
• Go into favourites.
• Drag and drop the website that you want to the desktop.
• Now you just have to click on the icon to open it in your browser.

Styling Your Desktop Icon

You can also change the design of your desktop shortcut in Windows 10. This is useful if you have a number of similar files and want to differentiate them in some way.
• Right-click on the icon.
• Select Properties.
• In the panel, select Customise.
• Select Choose File if you want to add your own image.
• Select Change Icon if you want to use an image from the Windows 10 collection.
Using a desktop shortcut in Windows 10 enables you to order your computer so that it better suits your needs. If you no longer need a particular webpage, file or programme, all you need to do is delete it.