How to Copy an Icon to a User Desktop

by Nina Nixon

Copying an icon to a user desktop is useful when a file, folder or software program is opened and used regularly. Instead of searching the hierarchy of hardware drives from the Start menu, a shortcut is visible right there on your desktop and is accessible with just one click of the mouse.

Step 1

Click on any open space on the computer user desktop. Next, select, "New," and then "Shortcut."

Step 2

Click "Browse" to search for a file or folder.

Step 3

Highlight your selection and then click "OK."

Step 4

Click ''Next." Type a name for the shortcut, and then click "Finish."

Click on the icon to make sure the link is active.


  • In addition to creating icons for your frequently accessed files, folders and software programs, set them up for your most visited websites. You'll save the added step of opening up your Internet browser first.


About the Author

Nina Nixon has more than 30 years of professional writing experience. She enjoys writing about business and technology. Her articles have appeared on Chron, eHow Business & Personal Finance, Techwalla, and other digital content publishing websites.

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