Sure! For the most part the desktop just holds shortcuts, and pretty much
any shortcut will do.
And there’s several ways to create them.
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Right click on your desktop, and select “New Shortcut”. Enter
http://hotmail.com as the location of the item, hit next, give it a reasonable
name (like “Hotmail”), and you’re done.
It’s just that easy.
If you like, you can then add that shortcut to your start menu as well.
Click and hold on the desktop icon. Now drag it over the Start button. Don’t
let go, wait and the start menu will pop up. Drag the icon to a position on the
menu and release. You could also hold it over a sub menu, wait for that to pop
out, and then release in the position you would like it to live on that sub
The reverse works as well… click and hold on a start menu item, drag it to
your desktop and release. The shortcut will be removed from the menu and appear
on your desktop. If you want the shortcut to remain in both places, hold down
the CTRL key before you drop the icon on the desktop.
Shortcuts can be created for programs, as you probably already know, and
URLs, as we just showed. You can also create shortcuts for any document or file
that Windows knows how to handle: for example “.doc” files, “.mp3” files and