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Windows 8 – Create a short cut on the desktop

In Windows 8, you can find programs or apps like Word by going to the Start screen, using the Down Arrow, and then browsing your list of Apps.  When you find the app you want, you can right click on it and choose to Pin to Start or Pin to taskbar.

If you would like an icon on your desktop, then right click on the app, and choose Open file location.  This opens an explorer window on the desktop. Now right click on your chosen app and choose Send to then choose Desktop (create shortcut).  You wlill now have an icon on your desktop for your chosen app.

Desktop shortcut to a web page

If there is a web site (or web page) that you use a lot – say Sainsbury’s, or Tesco’s or Ebay, you can add a shortcut for that place on to the desktop; next time you want to go there just double click the shortcut and away you go.

To create the shortcut in Internet Explorer (IE):

Open up IE, and navigate to the site, lets say Ebay.  At the top of the page in the ribbon there is a window which shows what page you are on – so once you’ve got to Ebay, it will say http://www.ebay.co.uk.  Just to the left of that, there is a tiny little symbol – for Ebay it’s a little multi-coloured shopping bag.  Click and drag this on to your desk top – it will create the shortcut for you.  (Different sites have different icons – Tesco have a T, Sainsbury an S and so on – the method is the same, click and drag the little icon to the desktop.)

To create the shortcut in Google Chrome:

If you use Google Chrome, at the top of the page on the ribbon on the right hand side you should have a spanner symbol.  Click on that, then click on Tools. (If Tools isn’t under the spanner symbol, see if there’s a symbol like a cog wheel, and click on that, then Tools.)  Then click on Create Application Shortcuts, and tick the box for desktop.  The shortcut is created.