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Desktop shortcuts offers easy access to all the apps and files you frequently use. In 7 and previous version you could easily click on any file and right-click on it and select send to (Desktop) and a shortcut could easily be created.

However in you don’t get the send to option hence many users are finding it difficult to create shortcuts in Windows 10.

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Three ways to create a program shortcut on desktop in Windows 10

Method 1 of 3

Create program shortcut on desktop by dragging and dropping

Like in Windows 7, Windows 10 also supports the drag and drop method to create shortcuts.

Step 1: Minimize all the apps and make sure that you can see the desktop.

Step 2: Open the start .

Step 3: Click the Apps button and then look for the app you want to create a shortcut for. Now drag and drop it to the desktop to create a shortcut on the desktop.


The shortcut should now appear on desktop. If you can’t see any icons on the desktop, please show desktop icons by right-clicking on desktop, clicking View, and then clicking Show desktop icons option.

Method 2 of 3

Step 1: Open the start menu.

Step 2: Click all apps and find the program you want to create a shortcut to.

Step 3: Right-click on the program, click more and then click on Open File .


Step 4: Finally, right-click on the program shortcut, click Send to, and then click Desktop (create shortcut).


Method 3 of 3

Step 1: Open the drive in which Windows is installed.


Step 2: Go to Program Files and then Program Files (x86). Now look for the folder containing the program you want to make the shortcut for.


NOTE: Program Files (x86) folder appears only in the x64 type of Windows. If you’re on x86 Windows 10, all programs must be under Program Files unless you changed the default installation directory or moved a program to another drive.

Step 3: Look for the executable (.exe file) of the program and then right-click and then click Send to then click Desktop (create shortcut) to create a shortcut of the program on desktop.

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