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How to put an app on the Windows 10 desktop

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How to put an app on the Windows 10 desktop: Over time, you are learning how to make the best use of the Windows 10  PC  that was given to you a few months ago. Now, however, the need has arisen to personalize its desktop even more, adding links to the programs and applications you use most often: for this reason, you immediately opened Google in search of valid information on the topic, happening right here on my site.

Did I guess? Yup? Then let me tell you right away: you’ve come to the right place to approach this topic. Below, in fact, I will teach you  how to put an app on the Windows 10 desktop  in a simple and, above all, fast way! In this case, I will take care to indicate the steps to be taken to create, on the desktop, links to UWP applications (the so-called “integrated apps”), to “classic” programs and to Internet sites. Finally, I will provide you with valid “tips” to add these shortcuts to the Start menu and Windows taskbar as well.

So, without waiting an extra minute, cut out a few minutes of your free time and read carefully everything I have to explain on the subject: I am sure that, at the end of this guide, you will have acquired the skills necessary to obtain the desktop customization you like most. Having said that, I have nothing else to do, except to wish you happy reading and good work!

How to put an app on the Windows 10 desktop

How to put an app on the Windows 10 desktop

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

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

Otherwise, you can follow an equally simple procedure: press the Win + R key combination  , to open the Run …  screen  in Windows, type the  explorer shell: AppsFolder command  inside the text box that appears on the screen and press the Enter  key  on the keyboard.

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

How to put a program on the Windows 10 desktop

How to put a program on the Windows 10 desktop

The steps to add the icon of a “classic” program 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 Start  menu or in the Windows Applications  folder  (I showed you how to access it in the previous chapter of this guide), individualize it inside and drag it to the desktop using the mouse.

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

Now, press the Browse … button  , go to the folder containing the program of your interest, using the File Explorer panel that is displayed, and, when you have found it, double-click on its icon. To conclude, click on the Next button , enter a  name to  be assigned to the new icon and press the Finish button  , to immediately add it to the desktop. Easier to do than to say, don’t you think?

How to put a web app on the Windows 10 desktop

How to put a web app on the Windows 10 desktop

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

Even in this case, you can succeed in the business in a very simple way: first, start the browser you use to browse 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  name of the site  you have just opened (generally, it appears to the left of the address bar) and drag the latter 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 (⋮) located at the top right and select the items  Other tools  and  Create shortcut …  from the menu that is proposed to you. To finish creating the link,  name the  icon you are about to create and press the Create button  .

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> Shortcut  from the menu that appears on the screen, paste the ‘ URL of the website  in the text box residing inside the new window, click on the Next  button  and, after indicating the  name to  be assigned to the icon, last the creation of the link, pressing the Finish button  .

How to put an app in the Windows 10 Start menu

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 Windows 10 Start menu , 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 I mentioned earlier, right-click on it and choose the  Add to Start  item from the context menu.
  • Using the icons in the Applications folder  – press the Win + R key combination  type the explorer shell command  : AppsFolder and press the Enter  key  on the keyboard. Identify, in the window that is proposed to you, the icon of your interest, right click on it and choose the  Add to Start item .

In this way, the icons of your interest will be added to the part of the Start menu which contains the “tiles” related 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 the links to the items of your interest to the section of the Start menu where the icons of the installed programs  reside  (the one on the left, containing smaller folders and links), you must, instead, act on the Windows folder which physically contains the latter.

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

At this point, you can create the link of your interest using the Windows wizard: right-click on an empty point of 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 the 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

How to put an app on the Windows 10 taskbar

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

Then I have some excellent news for you: you can “fix” the icons you prefer on it in a few seconds! If you are interested in adding the icon of a program  or an app , after starting the latter, right-click on the icon that appears in the taskbar and select the  Add to taskbar  item from the menu that is proposed to you.

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