Windows 10: Creating a desktop shortcut Solved

  1. Posts : 281
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit and ANDROID Lollipop
       22 Mar 2018 #1

    Creating a desktop shortcut

    All I want to do is create a Desktop shortcut & icon for Microsoft Edge. Simple I thought, but I cannot do it. If I move an icon in the source folder, either an exe or lnk, to the Desktop it does not launch when clicked, or when I click open or run as Admin. Sometimes I cant move it anyway, I get notified that Admin permission is required but cannot find how to grant it. My account is the Administrator account, no one else uses the PC.

    The only way to launch Edge is with the Taskbar icon or the Start tile. The source folder has many Edge files with exe or link but none which do anything.

    I have created shortcuts with icons for many other apps / programs.
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  2.    22 Mar 2018 #2

    Did you try this? It works for me - the shortcut path is %windir%\explorer.exe shell:Appsfolder\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe!MicrosoftEdge

    Create Shortcut of Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 Windows 10 Tutorials
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  3.    22 Mar 2018 #3

    Right-click on Edge in your start menu and it should offer a shortcut option.
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  4. Posts : 281
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit and ANDROID Lollipop
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       22 Mar 2018 #4

    1x07 ---- yes,that did open Edge when run, but can I turn it into a Desktop icon?

    cyberrufus ---- I am not offered a shortcut for the Desktop icon via Start

    I have remembered I can launch Edge via Cortana Search

    It is not an important issue, just an anomaly but I find it odd not to have a Desktop icon, I had one before a recent clean re-install
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18252
       22 Mar 2018 #5

    Hello clayto, :)

    Yes, the shortcut from that tutorial could be used as a desktop icon (shortcut) if you like.

    Create Shortcut of Microsoft Edge in Windows 10 Windows 10 Tutorials
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  6.    22 Mar 2018 #6

    clayto said: View Post
    1x07 ---- yes,that did open Edge when run, but can I turn it into a Desktop icon?
    Look at option 2 in the tutorial - right click on desktop, select "new" then "shortcut", paste in the long string as the location and then name it "Edge" (for example). You can change the icon if you want to.

    I just tested it and it works fine.
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