How to Add an Internet Explorer Icon to the Desktop in Windows 7

By Andrew Meer

By default, Windows 7 features a clickable Internet Explorer taskbar icon that loads the Web browser without your having to search through the Start menu. To have the icon placed on the desktop instead, locate Internet Explorer on the Start menu and use the Send to Desktop function to generate a shortcut. Alternately, you can insert Internet Explorer's file path into the Create Shortcut wizard to manually create the shortcut.

Send to Desktop

Step 1

All Programs features a list of installed applications.

Open the Start Menu, and click the All Programs button.

Step 2

For an IE 64-bit shortcut, right-click

Right-click Internet Explorer, point to Send To, and then select Desktop (Create Shortcut) to add an Internet Explorer shortcut to the desktop.

Left-click and drag the icon to any position on the desktop.

Double-click the shortcut icon to launch Internet Explorer, or right-click the icon to rename (Rename), delete (Delete), or view additional information (Properties) about the shortcut.

Create Shortcut Wizard

Step 1

New Shortcut function lets you create shortcuts manually.

Pick a vacant area on the desktop, and then right-click and select New Shortcut. The Create Shortcut wizard opens.

Step 2

Inserting an invalid file path results in an error.

Insert the location of Internet Explorer's main executable file into the vacant field under Type the Location of the Item, which by default is C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe. On 64-bit versions of Windows, however, this location results in a 64-bit Internet Explorer shortcut; if you prefer a 32-bit shortcut, insert C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe instead. Click Next to proceed.

Enter a new shortcut name or leave the default name intact.

Click Finish to generate the shortcut on the desktop.