Lost Program Shortcut

Dear Computer Lady,

I had a tax program on my computer,It was listed in the programs. Some how I lost it from the program list . There is a short cut on the desk top to access it .

How can I get it back onto the program list?

Thanks, Johny

Dear Johny,

This is actually a fairly common occurrence. First, I will explain what happens to cause it, then we will discuss how to put the shortcut back where it belongs.

Often, I have seen people go to click on a program in their start menu, and instead of clicking, they accidentally move the mouse, which drags the icon out of the start menu and onto the desktop. It might be that they clicked too slowly and the mouse moved while they were holding the button down, or perhaps the sneezed while they were clicking (that has happened to me before).

Once the shortcut has been dragged onto the desktop, it is a little bit harder to get it back into the programs menu where it belongs, but you can do it. In fact, there is more than one way to do it.

First, lets try dragging the shortcut back where it belongs.

Using your mouse, point to the shortcut on your desktop, and drag it to the start button. DON’T RELEASE THE MOUSE BUTTON YET.

Hover over the start button until the menu expands, and then point to the “Programs” or “All Programs” part of the start menu. DON’T RELEASE THE MOUSE BUTTON YET.

When the programs menu expands, drag your mouse to the spot where you want the shortcut to go, and then release the mouse button. Your shortctu will be moved back into the start menu.

If that doesn’t work, (I find it is very easy to accidentally release the mouse button and “drop” the shortcut in the wrong place) here is another method.

Click on the “Start” button and right-click on “Programs” or “All Programs” depending on what version of Windows you are using.

In the context menu that appears, click on “Open” or “Explore”.

This will open a window with the start menu folders inside. Now, just drag the shortcut from your desktop into the folder you want it to be in.


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