Adding Shortcuts To Windows8

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I just a got a new computer with windows 8.

Is it possible to add an Internet Explorer shortcut to the desktop page? I know that I can just open new windows with tabs, but it is more convenient for me to just have the icon there so I can click on it to have multiple pages open.

I have the Internet Explorer pinned to the menu bar at the bottom of the desktop page, but I am not able to drag it to form a shortcut on the page. (that is what they told me to do when I called ASUS.)

I would appreciate it if you can help me, I am starting to think it’s not possible to do this simple task.

Thank you, Elizabeth O

Dear Elizabeth,

It is possible to put a shortcut to Internet Explorer on your desktop, it is just not as easy as it used to be.

Here is how:

1. Tap the windows logo key on your keyboard to display the start screen.

2. Type the words, “Internet Explorer” to find the program. It will show up in a column on the right of your screen.
3. Right click on, “Internet Explorer” when it appears, and click, “Open File Location”. This will open a folder that contains the Internet Explorer file.
4. Right Click on the Internet Explorer file in the window, point to “Send To” in the context menu, and click on “Desktop (Create Shortcut).
5. A shortcut to the program will now be created on your desktop.



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