Windows 8 Create Desktop Shortcuts

Our site remains ad-free thanks to our affiliates. This post's featured affiliate is Fiverr. Fiverr connects businesses with freelancers offering digital services in 300+ categories.

The post is not sponsored by the above affiliate and the content here is not representative of their company.

Now, having Tiles is nice and all, but having Desktop Shortcuts can really help speed up the time it takes you to get work done. There is no really simple way to do this, but I did find a way that only requires a few steps, and can be done real quick after you learn how.

I am unsure why Microsoft and Windows decided to not add a “Add to Desktop” option along side all the “Pin to Taskbar” and various other options they have, but there are a lot of things in Windows 8 which bring me to that same question, why?. Below is a video, picture, and text steps on how to add the shortcut icon to Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Desktops.

Create Desktop Shortcuts in Windows 8

  1. Open up the Start Menu / Applications
  2. Find the program you want to add to Desktop (Not “Apps” such as Photos, SkyDrive, etc)
  3. Right Click on the Tile / Icon and go to “Open File Location” on the bottom menu.
  4. The Item should be selected in the File Explorer that opened on your Desktop.
  5. Right Click the File / Link and go to Send To > Create Desktop Shortcut

Create Windows 8 Desktop Shortcut

So far, this is the fastest way I can find to create Desktop Shortcuts inside of Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. Please, if you find a faster way tell me below in the comments. I really want to give Windows 8 a fair chance to be a good operating system.

Related Posts

Uninstall OneDrive from Windows 10 in 2017

Tutorial for how to correctly uninstall OneDrive from Windows 10 and remove all additional artifacts and OneDrive folders.

Fix Windows 10 Account Notification

Learn how to fix the annoying Windows account notification that appears inside of Windows 10 every time you turn on your computer.

Windows 10 Hide Search Bar

Learn how to hide the Windows 10 search bar located on the taskbar.

Windows 10 Disable Web Search

Learn how to disable Windows 10 web search inside of your start menu.