It used to be that when we installed an application a shortcut would be placed on our Desktop. Now that shortcut might end up on the Start Menu or not at all. What if I want to have a shortcut on the desktop?
For example, let’s say we want an icon for the QuickAssist App placed on the Desktop.
Press Win+Q to place the cursor in the “Type here to search” box.
Type Quick in the box and notice the Best match is found with the Quick Assist App. Since it is highlighted (the gray background) I can press the Enter key or click it with the mouse and the App will open. If I right-click on it, there are a number of actions that can be taken. None of these options include creating a shortcut on the desktop. If I Pin to the taskbar or Pin to Start, I will be able to open it from either of those locations, but not from the desktop.
Click Open file location
Right-drag (point to the file and while holding down the right mouse button, drag the file to the Desktop folder). Let go of the mouse and select Create shortcuts here from the options.
Note: In this case, the file location points to a shortcut. In some cases, it will point to an EXE file. In either case, you will choose to create a shortcut.
The icon for the App appears as a shortcut on the Desktop.
Although having many shortcuts on the Desktop is not a desire of mine, I find many people wanting Desktop shortcuts like they were used to from past versions of Windows. They have not adjusted to the Start menu and do not want a lot of icons on their Taskbar.
I hope this becomes another tool for your toolbox.