Think of desktop shortcuts as the precursors to tiles on the
Start screen. They give you quick access to individual apps or
Files, and with the loss of the Start menu in Windows 8, they are
The only way to get to these items from the desktop aside from
Browsing for them by using File Explorer. Creating shortcuts is
Create Shortcuts on the Desktop
1 Click File Explorer.
2 Locate a file, folder, or app.
3 Right click.
4 Choose Send To, Desktop Create
If you find you don’t need a shortcut anymore,
Just right-click it on the desktop and
Choose Delete. If you’d like to pin the item
From a shortcut to the Start screen, rightclick
The shortcut and choose Pin To Start.
To place a shortcut on the desktop taskbar,
Choose Pin To Taskbar from the same menu.