In the PC operating system environments of Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP, or in the case of older computers Windows 98 and Windows 95, it could not be simpler to create a desktop icon for a computer program that is already installed. By clicking the Start button on the bottom left-hand side of the screen, the user can immediately pull up a list of the most frequently used programs as well as access to all installed programs.
Once the cursor has been moved to the program listing for which a desktop icon or shortcut is required, the user then right-mouse-clicks to bring up a selection menu box. Beginning with the options of Open and Run As, there are about 14 different selection possibilities in this selection menu box. By selected the one that says Send to, this will allow the user to then bring up a second selection menu box with a smaller range of option choices. Click the one that says “Send to Desktop (create shortcut) and the icon will have been created on the desktop.
Desktop Icons in Windows 7
In Windows 7, there is a new, user-friendly way of manipulating the display size of desktop icons. For those with a mouse that has a scroll wheel, the mouse can be rolled over an icon and with the left or right side of the mouse held down, the scroll wheel will then enlarge or shrink the size of the icon, but without affecting the size of the label text.
Desktop Icons from Address Bar
These days, the need to create desktop icons for programs has been usurped by the practice of making ones for a person’s favorite web pages: Facebook, Twitter, a particular news portal or article, and so on. In many of the new MAC operating systems, many of the displayed text links can be clicked and dragged onto the desktop to instantly create a shortcut icon that that page and section. Dragging the little icon that appears next to the URL address bar at the top of the browser page onto the MAC desktop will also create a desktop icon for that Internet destination.