With Windows 10, you can still create shortcuts to applications, files, folders, and even Web sites on the desktop. Desktop icons are a bit old-fashioned but still useful as part of a clean desktop.
How to Create a Shortcut to an Application
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When you find it, drag the application shortcut from your Start menu to your desktop. You will see the word "Link" when you hover over the desktop. Release the mouse button to create a shortcut to the program, also known as a desktop shortcut.
Note that you can not search for the application by name in the Start menu. In Windows 10, you can not drag and drop anything from the search results. That should, but it does not.
Creating a shortcut to a file or folder
To create a desktop shortcut to a file, first locate the file in File Explorer. Hold down the Alt key on your keyboard and drag the file or folder to your desktop. The words "Create Link in Desktop" are displayed. Release the mouse button to create the link.
Hold down the Alt key. If you do not hold down the Alt key, Windows displays the message "Move to Desktop" and moves the folder or file to your desktop instead of simply creating a link.
How to Link to a Website  In Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox, you can quickly create desktop shortcuts to websites. With the web page open, drag the icon to the left of the address bar (usually a padlock or "i" in a circle) onto the desktop and drop it there.
For some reason, Microsoft Edge does not work that way. Edge does not let you create desktop shortcuts directly. However, you can create them in Chrome or Firefox and they will automatically open in your default web browser – even if it's Microsoft Edge.
Working with Your Shortcuts
Whatever type of shortcut you create, you can right-click. Then click on it, choose "Rename" and change the name to any name.
You can use any of the above methods to create links in other folders as well. Would you like to link to a website or application in your download folder? Go right ahead! Just drag it to the desired location instead of the desktop and drop it there.
If no shortcuts appear on your desktop, they may be hidden. Right-click on the desktop and select View> Show Desktop Icons to expand it.
You can also select the size of your desktop icons – large, medium or small. To get more size options, position the mouse pointer over the desktop, hold down the Ctrl key, and scroll up and down with the mouse wheel.
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