How to create a Desktop Shortcut to an Application in the Start Menu

Description: This document will outline the steps to create a shortcut to an application in the Start Menu and place it on the Desktop.

  1. Click on Start.
  2. Click on All Programs.
    Windows Start, All Programs
  3. Scroll through the list of available programs until you find the application that you want to create a shortcut to (in this example, we'll use Microsoft Word Starter 2010).
    Windows Programs
  4. Right-click on the program.
  5. Hover the mouse over Send to and select Desktop (create shortcut).
    Context Menu, Desktop Create Shortcut
  6. Go to the desktop to verify that your shortcut is on the desktop and open the shortcut by double-clicking on the Desktop icon to ensure that the application is opened properly.
    Windows Desktop Shortcut