Create Desktop Shortcut in Windows 10


This article provides instructions for creating a shortcut to an application, file or website on the Windows desktop. Shortcuts are an efficient way to navigate to frequently used applications, files or websites. 


  1. Select the Windows Start button.
  2. Locate the application you wish to create a shortcut of and right-click.
  3. Hover your mouse pointer over the option More.
  4. From the drop-down menu, select Open File Selection.
    • If Open File Selection is not an option, skip down to the alternate method below.
  5. Right-click the application again.
  6. Hover your mouse over Send to.
  7. From the drop-down menu select Desktop (create shortcut).

Alternate method (web link process):

  1. Right-click on the desktop and choose New Shortcut.
  2. Enter the application name, file location, or website destination.
    • Alternatively, select Browse to manually search for a file. Select OK.
  3. Select Next.
  4. Enter the name of the shortcut.
  5. Select Finish.

Note: The below methods can also be done to create a shortcut for a departmental file share. The departmental file share path will be used when creating the shortcut (ex: \\jccc-files\Information Services).


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