Is it possible to create an icon on the Desktop for IE without re-installing?
The questioner had somehow lost the desktop icon for Internet Explorer. IE
was still on the machine, but it wasn’t at all obvious how to get the icon
Fortunately creating desktop icons for any program is easy. As with anything
there are about half a dozen ways to do it. We’ll review just a few.
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What most people don’t realize is that items on the Start Menu can be
dragged around. They can be dragged onto other submenus within the Start Menu,
which moves the item or they can be dragged onto the desktop, which copies it.
Try it – locate a program on your start menu like Internet Explorer, click and
hold (this can be just a little tricky. Windows doesn’t always seem to
recognize the hold for me), and then drag it onto your desktop. Instant
Windows explorer (not to be confused with Internet Explorer) is another
place you can drag from, but it requires just a little extra caution. Fire up
Windows Explorer (I use the “start” windows key + E, or right click on My
Computer and select “Explore”) and navigate to a directory that contains the
file you want a shortcut too. To create a new shortcut for Internet Explorer
we’ll look for IExplore.exe which is normally “C:\Program Files\Internet
Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE”. Navigate to “C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer”, click
and hold on IEXPLORE.EXE, and drag it over to your desktop. As you drag it over
the desktop you should see the little curved “shortcut arrow” appear
indicating that if you release it onto the desktop you’ll be creating a
shortcut. For many programs or other files the default action is to
copy the entire file to your desktop – in those cases holding down
the ALT key before dropping the file will cause the shortcut arrow to appear,
and dropping the file then will create a shortcut to the original.
For our last example you can just right click on the desktop, select
New, Shortcut and in the dialog that results,
select the Browse button. Now expand directories listed there
to locate the file you want a shortcut to; for example My
Computer, C:, Program Files,
Internet Explorer. In there we’ll see
IEXPLORER.EXE; click on that, hit OK, and
then Next. Now enter a name for your shortcut (that’s what will
show on the desktop) and press Finish. You should now have a
new shortcut for Internet Explorer.