How To Add A Shortcut To Your Desktop in Windows 8 / 8.1

Symptoms: 

You would like to create a desktop shortcut to one or more programs on your computer.

Cause:

Windows 8 / 8.1 is different than previous versions of Windows in the way that it allows users to create desktop shortcuts.

Resolution:

1.  Start by locating the program on your computer. 
Note:  In this example we will use Microsoft Outlook 2013, which we have located on our Start Screen.



2.  You will want to right-click on the icon and then a new menu will appear at the bottom of the screen, on that menu you will want to select Open File Location.



3.  A new window will open and you will see a list of all of the programs in that location.  You will just want to right-click on the program and choose Send To > Desktop (Create Shortcut).



4.  A new shortcut has now been added to your desktop.


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