Windows Vista – Move Your Start Menu Items Onto The Desktop
If you want to be able to launch a program by double-clicking an icon on the desktop, and you already have an item on the Start menu for that program, you can create the desktop icon by right clicking the item, click ‘Send To’, then click Desktop (create shortcut).
If you want the item on the desktop and not on the Start menu, create the desktop shortcut first, then right-click the item on the Start menu and choose Delete. Windows will warn you that your deletion will remove a shortcut, not the program itself.
You can use the same techinique to create desktop icons for the system folders that appear on the right side of your Start menu. Right-click the item and choose the ‘Show On Desktop’ command from the shortcut menu.
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