1.    14 Aug 2015 #1

    Move an Icon from the Taskbar to the Desktop?

    Is there a way to make W10 move an Icon from the Taskbar to the Desktop? I could do this in W8.1 although I was using Start8.

    This has become a minor issue with W10 since when I install an update to a program (reinstall a newer version) the "old" Icon in the Taskbar becomes unusable. That would not be a problem EXCEPT on two of my 6 W10 machines the install does not create a new Desktop Icon automatically!? Any idea on what can be causing that to happen would be appreciated.

    Also, is it possible to create a Desktop Icon from the All Apps list. I find the "Pin to Start" and "Pin to Taskbar" by right clicking on the program but the "Show Icon on Desktop" feature is not there or at least I can't find it?
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  2. Joined : Apr 2015
    Posts : 362
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       14 Aug 2015 #2

    You can drag and drop icons from the Apps list or Start Menu to the Task Bar or the Desktop. A copy of the icon will be dragged to the Task Bar or Desktop and the original icon will still be in the Apps list or Start Menu.

    You can also find the .exe file in the File Explorer and right click and copy the .exe file. Then right click over the desktop and paste shortcut to place an icon on the desktop.
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  3.    14 Aug 2015 #3

    Got it. Thanks for the quick response.

    It appears MSFT is trying to get people off the Desktop Icons and Taskbar Icons and onto the Start Menu. That's probably why W10 is so inconsistent when "reinstalling" a program whose "old" Icon was in the Taskbar.

    Or, maybe it just a minor bug I've run into when updating the DVDFab program to the latest version on multiple machines running W10?!
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  4. Joined : Oct 2014
    Posts : 128
    Windows 10
       14 Aug 2015 #4

    Alternately right click on the start menu all apps item, select 'open file location' and copy the appropriate shortcut to the desktop.
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