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    How to create a shortcut on the Windows desktop

    You wish to know how to create a shortcut on the windows desktop? Know that the procedure you have to follow to do it is not complicated at all: let me explain in detail how to proceed both in terms of creating links to programs, files, folders and Web pages.


    Create a shortcut for a program on the desktop


    want create a desktop shortcut concerning a program that you often use for your work? To do this, right-click on an “empty” spot on the desktop, select the item New from the menu that opens and then click on the item connection. In the window that opens, click on the button Sfoglia ... and select the path where the application you want to create a shortcut on the desktop is located (eg. C: Program Files (x86) Microsoft OfficeOffice16EXCEL.EXE).

    As soon as you have identified and selected the program path of your interest, press the button OK, award your bottone NEXT, type in the field Enter the connection name: the name you want to assign to the connection you are creating and, finally, presses the button end. It wasn't that hard, was it?

    Alternatively, you can also right-click on the program of your interest (the exe file), select the entry Send to from the menu that opens and choose the option Desktop (create shortcut): This will create a desktop shortcut to the selected program.


    When installing a new program, however, you should be able to create a shortcut to it by checking the option Create a desktop shortcut (if present in the installation window). Once the setup is complete, the application connection will be created automatically, without carrying out the procedure I have just indicated.


    Create the shortcut of files and folders on the desktop

    create a desktop shortcut of files and folders, right click on an “empty” spot on the desktop, select the item New from the context menu and then click on the item connection. In the window that opens, press the button Sfoglia ... and select the path where the file or folder you want to create a shortcut on the desktop is located.

    As soon as you have identified and selected the file or folder of your interest, press the button OK, click here NEXT, type in the text field Enter the connection name: the name you want to assign to the connection you are creating and, finally, presses the button end. Più semplice di così ?!

    Alternatively you can also select the file or folder of your interest with the right mouse button and select the items Send to> Desktop (create link) give the menu check if you press.

    Create a web page link on the desktop

    Would you create a desktop shortcut of a web page, so you can access it more quickly? Good idea! To do this, also in this case you have to right click in an "empty" point of the desktop, select the item New from the context menu and then click on the item connection.


    Then type the address of the page you want to link to (eg. www.configurehow.com) in the text field located under the heading Enter the path for the link:, pig sul sul bottone NEXT, enter the name of the page in question (eg. configurehow.com) in the text field located under the heading Enter the connection name:, award your bottone end And that's it.


    On some browsers (such as Firefox e Internet Explorer) you can create a link simply by opening the latter, visiting the web page you are interested in and then dragging the thumbnail displayed in the browser tab onto the desktop (to do this, just hold down the left mouse button on the icon that represents the website and drag it with a Drag-and-Drop directly onto the desktop).

    How to create a macOS desktop shortcut

    You have recently approached the world Mac and you're wondering if it is possible to create shortcuts on the desk of MacOS? Of course yes! For the record, however, I inform you that instead of using the term "link", macOS uses the word alias, which is essentially a small file that links to an application, file or folder located in another location (a link!). Let's see together how to best use aliases on computers produced by the Cupertino giant.

    Create a program alias on the desktop

    create a program alias installed on the Mac, open the Finderclick sulla voce Applications located in the left sidebar, locate the icon of the program you want to create an alias for and drag it to the desktop.

    macOS will automatically create an alias of the selected program leaving the original executable in the Applications folder on your computer. It wasn't complicated at all, was it?



    Alias ​​files and folders on the desktop

    create the alias of files and folders on the Mac, instead, open the Finder, locate the file or folder you want to create a shortcut on the desktop, right-click on its icon and select the item Create aliases from the menu that opens. Finally, drag the alias (the icon of the file or folder you "duplicated" with the black arrow) by holding down the left mouse button (together with the cmd) And that's it.

    Alternatively, you can also drag the file or folder icon while holding the keys cmd + alt + shift on the keyboard: this will create an alias on the desktop and the original content will remain in place. Easier than that ?!

    How to create a desktop shortcut for Android and iOS

    Although on the devices Android e iOS certainly we can not talk about desktop, but the Home screen, let me explain anyway how to create a link from your smartphone and tablet.

    • Android - to create a link to aWhatsapp On the Home screen (usually this happens automatically when installing the app), open the app drawer, that is the screen containing the list of all installed apps, locate the icon of the application of your interest, make a prolonged tap on the latter, drag the icon to the point of the home screen you prefer and release it. To create a link to a websiteinstead, start Chrome, connected to the page of your interest, presses the button (⋮) located at the top right, select the item Add to Home screen, provide the name you want to assign to the link and, finally, presses on Add.
    • iOS - iOS does not allow you to create shortcuts on the home screen as all installed apps are automatically inserted in this screen. Instead, you can create links for web pages. To create a link to a websiteavvia Safari, connected to the web page of your interest, presses the button Share (l'icona della arrow with square), tap the button Add to Home, provide the name you want to assign to the link and, finally, presses on the item Add.
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