How do i make a desktop icon on the desktop


  1. Posts : 186
    windows 10 Home
       #1

    How do i make a desktop icon on the desktop


    i am trying to make a desktop icon on my desktop and pin it to the quick access so if i want to send a file to the desktop i can the one i have now is from one drive not sure that will work as i have removed or disabled one drive. also there is one that shows windows old and it can not be used. am on windows 10 thank you
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  2. Posts : 2,169
    Windows 11 Pro (latest update ... forever anal)
       #2

    Murf1954 said:
    ... so if i want to send a file to the desktop
    As in move the actual file to the Desktop (folder) or create a shortcut on the Desktop to the file ?

    Solutions either way ...
    Shortcut : right-click file name > Send to > Desktop (create shortcut)
    Move file : Context menu add-ons Move to/Copy to > download Add 'Copy To folder' and 'Move To folder' Context Menu in Windows 10

    You have to do it from the file concerned. You can't do it from the Desktop because how's the Desktop supposed to know which file you want moved without a file/path name?
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  3. Posts : 17,012
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #3

    Alternatively, you could make a shortcut to the Desktop then put it in your SendTo folder to that you can right-click on one or more folders/files, SendTo, Desktop to copy it there.
    %userprofile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo

    The shortcut target would simply be the path to your Desktop [it's just like any other shortcut you make, the Desktop is just a folder like the others].

    Note that the default SendTo entry mentioned by idgat just sends a shortcut of the folders/files to the Desktop.
    By putting a shortcut to the Desktop in your SendTo, you'll be able to copy the files themselves to there, as I think you want.


    Best of luck,
    Denis
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  4. Posts : 186
    windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter
       #4

    thanks


    will i then be able to put in quick access
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  5. Posts : 17,012
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #5

    No.

    Denis

    And there'd be no point. You can do what you want to do with that shortcut in SendTo - right-click on folders/files, SendTo, select the "Desktop" shortcut you've just made.
    How do i make a desktop icon on the desktop-sendto-use-example.png
    Last edited by Try3; 17 Feb 2023 at 08:56.
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  6. Posts : 6,393
    Windows 11 Pro - Windows 7 HP - Lubuntu
       #6

    Try3 said:
    No.

    Denis
    No???

    Yes. Drag and drop

    To avoid having two or more copies of the same file and not all with same version, I suggest you go to the folder you have the file you want to to have access from the quick launch, right click and select Create shortcut. It will create a shortcut on same folder.
    Right click on the shortcut and select cut. Go to the desktop, right click on a empty space and paste. Rename the shortcut then drag and drop on the quick access.
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  7. Posts : 17,012
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #7

    Luiz,

    Perhaps we are talking at cross purposes.
    The shortcut I described can be put in the SendTo folder.
    It cannot the pinned to Quick access.
    How do i make a desktop icon on the desktop-sendto-shortcut-cannot-dragged-quickaccess.png


    All the best,
    Denis
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  8. Posts : 17,012
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #8

    Murf1954 said:
    i am trying to make a desktop icon on my desktop and pin it to the quick access so if i want to send a file to the desktop i can the one i have now is from one drive not sure that will work as i have removed or disabled one drive. also there is one that shows windows old and it can not be used. am on windows 10 thank you
    You can drag your Desktop folder onto Quick access and then you'd be able to drag n drop files onto that Quick access item to put them on your Desktop.
    - If the source file is on the same drive as your Desktop then this method will move it there.
    - If the source file is on the same drive as your Desktop but you hold down the Ctrl key as you drag then this method will copy it there.
    - If the source file is on a different drive from your Desktop then this method will copy it there.
    - If the source file is on a different drive from your Desktop but you hold down the Shift key as you drag then this method will copy it there.
    - If you hold down the Alt key as you drag then this method will put a shortcut to the file on your Desktop.
    You'll see in the background of my post #7 diagram that I have a Desktop item in my Quick access as well as my SendTo shortcut. It's flexibility is sometimes handy.

    If I have several folders & files selected that I want to copy to the Desktop, I prefer to use my SendTo shortcut because there's less chance of causing chaos than there is dragging n dropping with my fingers slipping halfway across the drag.
    - This method will always copy the folders/files rather than move them.


    Denis
    Last edited by Try3; 17 Feb 2023 at 09:32.
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  9. Posts : 6,393
    Windows 11 Pro - Windows 7 HP - Lubuntu
       #9

    Try3 said:
    Luiz,

    Perhaps we are talking at cross purposes.
    The shortcut I described can be put in the SendTo folder.
    It cannot the pinned to Quick access.
    How do i make a desktop icon on the desktop-sendto-shortcut-cannot-dragged-quickaccess.png


    All the best,
    Denis
    Sorry Denis, I didn't understand what you meant.
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