How to put an app on the Windows 10 desktop

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How to put an app on the Windows 10 desktop

Even if it is not a completely immediate procedure, put an app on the Windows 10 desktop it is much simpler than it may seem.

If the app icon you want to add to the desktop is already present in the Start menu, then the game is quickly done: you simply have to take the icon in question with the mouse, drag it and drop it on an empty spot on the desktop.


If not, you can follow an equally simple process: press the key combination Win + R, to open the screen Esegui ... Windows, type the command explorer shell: AppsFolder inside the text box that appears on the screen and press the key Submit of the keyboard.


If everything went well, a window should open File Explorer containing the icons of all the apps installed on the system (folder Applications): right click on the one you are interested in, choose the item Create link from the menu that is proposed to you and agree to create a shortcut on the desktop by replying to Yes to the warning window that appears. Alternatively, you can grab the icon with the mouse and drop it on the desktop.

How to put a program on the Windows 10 desktop

The steps to add a “classic” program icon to the Windows 10 desktop are quite simple to put into practice: even in this case, you can follow different paths to achieve your goal.

To begin with, if the program icon is already present in the menu Home or in the folder Applications Windows (I showed you how to access it in the previous chapter of this guide), locate it and drag it to the desktop using the mouse.


Alternatively, you can get a completely identical result using the Windows shortcut wizard: first, right-click on an empty spot on the desktop and choose the items New connection give the menu answer.


Now, press the button Sfoglia ..., go to the folder that contains the program of your interest, using the File Explorer panel that appears, and, when you have found it, double-click on its icon. To conclude, click on the button NEXT, enter a name to assign to the new icon and press the button end, to add it to your desktop right away. Easier to do than to say, don't you think?

How to put a web app on the Windows 10 desktop

You need to add the link to a Web app or to an Internet site on the Windows 10 desktop, so you can quickly reach it in case of need?

Also in this case, you can succeed in the enterprise in a very simple way: first, start the browser you use to surf the Internet, go to the site of your interest and wait for it to be loaded completely. When this happens, place the mouse cursor on the nome of the site you just opened (usually, it appears to the left of the address bar) and drag it directly to the desktop.

If you use Google Chrome, you can achieve the same result thanks to a special integrated function: to use it, visit the website of your interest, click on the button (⋮) at the top right and select the items Other tools Create shortcut ... from the menu that is proposed to you. To finish creating the link, assign a name to the icon you are about to create and press the button Crea.


Finally, you can achieve the same result using, once again, the wizard for creating a shortcut in Windows: right-click on an empty spot on the desktop, select the items New> Link from the menu that appears on the screen, paste theWebsite URL in the text box residing in the new window, click on the button NEXT and, after indicating the name to be assigned to the icon, the last connection is created, by pressing the button end.


How to put an app in the Windows 10 Start menu

If your need is to add quick links to apps, programs and websites to the Start menu Windows 10, know that you can proceed in several different ways, which lead to practically the same result.

  • Using the icons created on the desktop - after creating the icon of your interest on the desktop using one of the methods that I have previously reported, right-click on it and choose the item Pin to Start give the menu answer.
  • Using the icons in the Applications folder - press the key combination Win+R, type the command explorer shell: AppsFolder and press the button Submit keyboard. Identify, in the window that is proposed, the icon of your interest, right click on it and choose the item Pin to Start.

By doing so, the icons of your interest will be added to the part of the Start menu that contains the “tiles” relating to the most used programs. If you wish, you can reposition the icons to your liking by simply dragging them with the mouse.


If, on the other hand, you intend to add links to items of interest to the section of the Start menu where the icons reside installed programs (the one on the left, containing “smaller” folders and links), you must, on the other hand, intervene on the Windows folder that physically contains the latter.

To do this, press the key combination Win + R on the PC keyboard and type, in the window of Run... that appears on the screen, the command shell: Start Menu, then press the key Submit, to open the folder that contains the Start menu items.

At this point, you can create the link of your interest using the Windows wizard: right click on an empty spot in the previously opened window, select the items New> Link from the contextual menu that is proposed to you and add the link to the program or website you want, following the steps I have already described to you previously. If necessary, you can create additional sub-folders to sort the added items.


How to put an app on the Windows 10 taskbar

You did not find the information provided above helpful, as you love to access the apps, programs or websites you use most often directly from the taskbar  (o taskbar) of Windows 10 (to understand, the black bar at the bottom of the screen, the same on which the Start menu and the clock reside)?

Then I have some great news for you: you can “pin” your favorite icons onto it in just a few seconds! If it is your interest to add a icon program or app, after starting the latter, right click on the icon that appears in the taskbar and select the item Pin to taskbar give the menu that you come purpose.

If, on the other hand, it is your interest to put a Web app on the Windows 10 taskbar, add its icon to the desktop using the steps I have previously reported, then take the newly created icon with the mouse and drag it directly to the bar of applications. No sooner said than done!

How to put an app on the Windows 10 desktop


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