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How to add a Program Shortcut to the Windows 8 Desktop

Description: This article will show how to add a shortcut to the desktop for opening programs.

  1. From the Start Menu, use the keyboard to type in the name of the program that the shortcut is going to be created for. Windows 8 will do an automatic search for this program and it will show up on the left under Apps.
    Windows 8 Search Apps
  2. Right click on the program and a menu bar will appear at the bottom of the screen. On the menu bar choose Open file location.
    Windows 8 Right Click Menu
  3. A window with the location of the program will appear. Right-click on the program again and select Send to Desktop (create shortcut).
    Windows 8 Program Folder, Send Shortcut to Desktop
  4. There will now be a shortcut icon on the desktop that can be used to open the program. This same method can be applied to any program installed in Windows 8.