Create a desktop shortcut for an Office program or file

When the Microsoft Office programs are installed, you have the choice to create a desktop shortcut for the individual Office programs. However, if you don't create a desktop shortcut at the time that you install Office then decide that you want a desktop shortcut later, you can easily create one.

Note: This article explains how to create a shortcut on your desktop. You can also add a program to the taskbar. If you are using Windows 10, right-click the program name or tile, click More > Pin to taskbar. If you are using Windows 8 or earlier, right-click the program name or tile, and then select Pin to taskbar.

Create a desktop shortcut for an Office program

If you are using Windows 10

  1. Click the Windows key, and then browse to the Office program for which you want to create a desktop shortcut.

  2. Left-click the name of the program, and drag it onto your desktop.

    A shortcut for the program appears on your desktop.

If you are using Windows 8

  1. Click the Windows key, and then browse to the Office program for which you want to create a desktop shortcut.

  2. Right-click the program name or tile, and then select Open file location.

  3. Right-click the program name, and then click Send To > Desktop (Create shortcut).

    A shortcut for the program appears on your desktop.

Create a desktop shortcut for an Office document or file

You can also create desktop shortcuts for specific Office files or documents.

  1. In Windows Explorer, browse to the document or file for which you want to create a desktop shortcut.

  2. Right-click the name of the document, and then click Create shortcut. In Windows 8 you would click Send To > Desktop (Create shortcut).

    A shortcut for that document or file appears on your desktop.

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