How to create, arrange, and remove Windows desktop icons

Updated: 05/21/2018 by Computer Hope

New Windows logo.Desktop icons are a great way for users to quickly access programs, files, folders, and even web pages. If you're looking to create, arrange, or remove desktop icons in Windows, make your selection from the list below and follow the instructions.

How to create a desktop icon

  1. Press Windows key+D or navigate to the Windows desktop.
  2. Right-click any blank space on the desktop. If you're on a laptop, tap the trackpad with two fingers at the same time.
  3. In the drop-down menu that appears, move your mouse cursor over New, then select Shortcut.
  4. In the window that appears, select Browse... then navigate to the program, file, or folder which you'd like to create a shortcut, and then click Ok.
  5. In the Create Shortcut window, select Next, then Finish.

How to create a desktop shortcut to a web page

  1. Press Windows key+D or navigate to the Windows desktop.
  2. Right-click any blank space on the desktop. If you're on a laptop, tap the trackpad with two fingers at the same time.
  3. In the drop-down menu that appears, move your mouse cursor over New, then select Shortcut.
  4. In the window that appears, type the web address of the page for which you'd like to create a shortcut, and then click Next.
  5. Type a name for the shortcut, and then click Finish.

How to arrange desktop icons

  1. Press Windows key+D or navigate to the Windows desktop.
  2. Right-click any blank space on the desktop. If you're on a laptop, tap the trackpad with two fingers at the same time.
  3. In the drop-down menu that appears, select Sort by. You should see another menu appear to the right.
  4. Choose how you'd like the icons arranged, either by Name, Size, Item type or Date modified.

How to remove a desktop icon

To remove a desktop icon, single-click it and press the Delete key.

Tip: You may select multiple icons and remove them simultaneously by pressing the Delete key.