How Do I Create A Shortcut?

Desktop shortcuts sure come in handy, but not everyone knows how to create them. Harry asks: “I would like to know how to make a desktop shortcut for a program I use everyday.”
No problem Harry. Here’s how to make a shortcut in Windows 7.

If it’s a program you use very frequently, you may wish to add it to your Start Menu or your Taskbar. Search the name of the program in your search box.


Right-click and you’ll see options to pin to the Taskbar and Start Menu.


Pin it to the Start Menu and it will appear when you click the Start button.


Choose Pin to Taskbar and it will always appear on your taskbar for easy access.


To create a desktop shortcut, click once on the icon for the program and hold while you drag it to a blank area on your desktop.


Now you’ll have a shortcut right there on your desktop.


~ Cynthia

3 thoughts on “How Do I Create A Shortcut?

  1. I have W7 installed. Tried your procedure. Do not get the drop-down menu you show. I get an entirely different drop-down menu. I only wish I could send you a screenshot of what I do get. You know the old saying–a pix is worth a thousand words.

  2. For those who are comfortable with browsing the C drive, I have another method that I prefer. I locate the file that opens the program in its program folder. I then right click on it and choose “send to -> desktop (make shortcut).” I rename the shortcut immediately because some files have names that do not match the program name and because I hate the “shortcut to” prefix. Then I can leave it there, drag it to the taskbar, or use a file manager to put it wherever I want it. This also avoids the problem that occurs too often when shortcuts point to other shortcuts, which point to other shortcuts…

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