Organizing Shortcut Icons
Windows lets you display a variety of shortcut icons—those little pictures on your desktop that function as shortcuts for starting applications and opening documents. Placing a shortcut on your desktop is an alternative to launching items from the Start menu.
Creating New Shortcuts on the Desktop
To put a new shortcut on your desktop, follow these steps:
- Use Windows Explorer to navigate to the application or document for which you want to create a shortcut.
- Right-click the file icon and then select Send To, Desktop (Create Shortcut).
To remove a shortcut icon from the desktop, just drag it into the Recycle Bin.
Changing the Name of a Shortcut
When you create a new shortcut icon, the word “Shortcut” is automatically added to the icon’s name. You can get rid of this if you want.
To change the name of a shortcut, follow these steps:
- Right-click the shortcut on your desktop.
- When the pop-up menu appears, select Rename.
- The shortcut’s name is now highlighted on your desktop. Use the Delete or Backspace keys to erase parts of the existing name and then type a new name. Press Enter when you’ve finished entering the new name.
Arranging Icons on the Desktop
All those desktop icons let you quickly open your most-used programs, but they can really clutter up the look of your Windows desktop. To better arrange your icons, right-click a blank area of the desktop, select Sort By, and choose from one of the following options:
Name— Sorts items alphabetically by filename
Size— Sorts items by file size, from smallest to largest
Item Type— Sorts items by file type so that files with the same extension are grouped together
Date Modified— Sorts items by date, from oldest to most recent
In addition, you can force all the icons on your desktop to snap to an invisible grid. Just right-click the desktop, click View, and then select Auto Arrange Icons.