How To Make A New Word Shortcut

Hi Elizabeth!

Thank you for all your tips and information.

My icon for WORD 2003 has disappeared from my desktop display and the start-up menu. So the only way I can start a new document in WORD is to open an existing file, and click “New.” Do you know how to get the icon back?


Dear Katherine,

Since I really have no idea where your original shortcuts have gone, I am going to have to tell you how to create a new shortcut to Word.

If you are using Vista or Windows 7, this is fairly easy, not as easy if you are using XP.

Lets start with Windows 7.

1. Open an existing Word document.
2. Once the document is open, right click on its icon in the taskbar.
3. In the context menu, click on “Pin This Program To The Taskbar”.
4. Now when you close Word, the icon will remain on the Taskbar, and you can open Word by clicking once on the icon.

If you are using Vista or 7, this would work:

1. Click on “Start”.
2. In the search box, type “Winword”
3. When Word (it will be named “Winword”) appears on the start menu, right click on it.
4. In the context menu, click “Pin to Start Menu”.
You will now have a new shortcut to Word in your start menu.

If you are using Windows XP:

You will have to find where Office is installed. I can’t know for sure where it is on your system, but it is probably similar to this:

1. Click on “Start” and click on “Computer”.
2. Double click on the “C:” drive, then on “Program Files”.
3. Double click on “Microsoft Office”, then on “Office12”
4. Find the file named, “winword”.
5. Using the right mouse button, drag the “Winword” file to your desktop.
6. When you release the right mouse button, a context menu will appear. Click on “Create Shortcut”.

Hopefully one of these methods will work for you.


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