One of the common customization tasks that Windows users like to do is add a shortcut to their favorite apps on the Desktop. In this article, we take a look doing that.
One of the missing puzzles in Windows 8/8.1 was the inability to place a shortcut for Universal Apps on the desktop. Users will be pleased to know you can do this now in Windows 10.
Shortcuts to Universal Windows apps on the desktop
Here are a couple ways you can create a desktop shortcut in Windows 10. For this example, I will be creating a shortcut of the Photos app:
Adding a shortcut requires a simple drag and drop action.
Left click on the tile or icon then drag and release on the desktop
For icons such as This PC, Network, Control Panel
Press Windows key + S
Type: show desktop icons
Click Start > Settings > Personalization > Themes > Desktop icon settings
Check off the icons you want displayed on the desktop.
Then click Apply and OK
To create shortcuts to your favorite websites on the desktop
Launch Internet Explorer, the click the left mouse button on the URL icon for the desired website, then drag and release on the desktop.
You can also drag and drop on the desktop