a Desktop Shortcut Under Windows 10
This is done differently from prior versions of Windows
and the technique varies depending on whether the thing you want to create the
shortcut for is for file or folder versus a Windows built-in app (e.g. Mail, People) , Store App or
Installed Desktop App (e.g. MS Word, Adobe Reader, etc.).
For Installed Desktop Apps (formerly known as programs
you’ve installed) or Windows Built-In Apps or Store Apps you’ve installed:
This involves using a very seldom used view
for applications that is most easily invoked using the Run command. Hit Windows Key+R then enter the following,
without the quotes, “shell:AppsFolder”, then hit enter.
You will now get a File Explorer window
that shows you nothing but all the applications that are installed on your
computer whether these are Windows Built-In Apps, Store Apps you later
installed, or Installed Desktop Apps.
Navigate to the App for which you want the
desktop shortcut and select it. Under
Windows 10 alone I am able to use the first letter of the app in question to
get to its general area then keep hitting that letter and it advances to the
next app starting with that same letter.
You can jump directly to the first app that starts with any letter. If you’re a really fast typist you can start
typing the name of the app itself rapidly and you should land on it, or
something very near to it. This is
working for me even when the screen reader is running because it’s a Windows
Hit the Applications/Menu Key or Shift+F10
if your machine doesn’t have it. This
will invoke a context menu for the selected App.
Either hit the letter ‘S’, which will
directly invoke the “Create Shortcut” option, or arrow down until you hear “Create
Shortcut” announced then hit enter.
You will immediately get a dialog that
tells you that, “Windows can’t create a shortcut here. Do you want the shortcut to be placed on the
desktop instead?,” to which you will, of course, answer “Yes.”
You now have a shortcut on the
desktop. This shortcut will have the
name of the app in question followed by a hyphen and the word shortcut. If you’re like me you’ll want to rename that
shortcut to get rid of that hyphen and the word shortcut, but this is entirely
For quick access to specific files or folders you’d
like on the desktop:
If you happen to know where the object you
want the desktop shortcut for is located, navigate to the folder that contains
it, then select it. Proceed directly
to step number 3.
If you don’t know the location your best
bet is to use Windows Search and enter search criteria that are enough to get
you a short list of possible results.
Very often what you’re looking for will be the first thing returned if
you choose decent search terms. Once
you’ve found the object you wish to make the shortcut for when reviewing the
results make sure you have focus on it then proceed to step 3.
Hit the Applications/Menu Key if your
computer has it, or Shift+F10 if it does not, and a context menu should come
up. Choose “Open file location” from
this context menu. This will open the
folder that contains the program, file, or subfolder you had focus on and it
will already be selected.
Hit the Applications/Menu Key or Shift+F10,
then do one of the following:
Hit N (which invokes the Send To) option,
followed immediately by D (which invokes the Desktop create shortcut
option). You’re finished.
Arrow down until you hear that you have
focus on the Send To option, hit enter, then in the submenu for send to arrow
down until you hear “Desktop (create shortcut)” and hit enter. You’re finished.