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Solved How do I locate program icon that is not on desktop?


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#1
Hello
I would like to begin by apologizing if my question has been posted in the wrong thread.

Today I installed a video editing program but the launch icon failed to appear on the desktop. The only way I can launch the program is by going to "search" and typing in the name. This is rather inconvenient so I would like to know how to correct this issue in Win 8.1 and place it onto the desktop?

Thank you.
 

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  • OS
    8.0
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP
#2
In File Explorer, click on your C Drive and then on Program Files or Program Files (X86). Find your Program listed there and click on it. There will be one file in the ensuing list that ends in .exe. Right click on that file and select "Create Shortcut". It should be created on the Desktop or ask if you want it on the Desktop. And in most cases, there will be a unique Icon shown with the shortcut on the Desktop.
 

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    windows 8.1
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    Laptop
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    Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7260

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#3
Instead of right-click and create shortcut which will create a shortcut within the same folder and then need to be moved to the Desktop, try right-click, then Send to->Desktop. Just a slightly more direct way to accomplish the same thing.
 

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    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)
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    PC/Desktop
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    Home built i7-8700K, Toshiba Satellite S55-A Laptop, MS Surface Pro 3, Dell Inspiron 15 5000
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    3.7Ghz Core i7-8700K, 2.4Ghz Core i7-3630QM, 1.9Ghz Core i5 4300U, 2.8Ghz Core i5 6200U
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    ASUS TUF Z370-Pro Gaming, Toshiba, MS, Dell
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    16G, 12G, 4G, 8G
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    Dell S2817Q 28", 15.6"
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#4
strollin, your way is the way I used to do it also. But on my 8.1 laptop, right click produces a message "You can't create a shortcut here. Would you like to have it on the desktop instead?". Then you answer yes and it appears on your desktop.

EDIT: And I just checked my laptop with Win 10 OEM and another with Win 10 Insider Preview and they both are the same as the 8.1 machine.
 
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    Toshiba Satellite C75D-B7260

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#5
Doesn't work that way on any of my Win 8.1 or Win 10 machines. Since you say it used to work my way for you, my guess is that you probably installed some 3rd party software that makes things work differently.
 

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System One

  • OS
    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home built i7-8700K, Toshiba Satellite S55-A Laptop, MS Surface Pro 3, Dell Inspiron 15 5000
    CPU
    3.7Ghz Core i7-8700K, 2.4Ghz Core i7-3630QM, 1.9Ghz Core i5 4300U, 2.8Ghz Core i5 6200U
    Motherboard
    ASUS TUF Z370-Pro Gaming, Toshiba, MS, Dell
    Memory
    16G, 12G, 4G, 8G
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GTX 1050, Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Sound Card
    ATI High Definition Audio (Built-in to mobo)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell S2817Q 28", 15.6"
    Screen Resolution
    3840x2160, 1366x768 (laptop)
    Hard Drives
    500GB ssd boot drive with 2 & 10TB Data on Desktop, 512GB ssd for laptop, 128GB SSD tablet, 500GB ssd laptop
    PSU
    Corsair CX 750M
    Case
    Antec 100
    Cooling
    Coolermaster CM 212+
    Keyboard
    IBM Model M - used continuously since 1986
    Mouse
    Microsoft IntelliMouse
    Internet Speed
    120Mbps/6Mbps down/up
    Browser
    FireFox
    Antivirus
    MSE on desktop, Defender on laptop
    Other Info
    Retired after working in the tech industry for 41 years. First 10 years as a Technician, the rest as a programmer/software engineer. After 1 year of retirement, I was bored so went back to work as a Robotic Process Automation Consultant.
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#7
Hi guys.

To begin, cbwilsha, I followed your suggestion but on my PC (no fault of your own) the files I should have located were not there! Oh what a surprise. I actually did do that before posting my question but because I couldn't find it, I thought it was due to some new feature in Win8.

I finally got it to work when I sent to "search". I typed in the name of the program and selected and when the options listed, I selected "open file location" and just went there to create a shortcut.


Thanks to both of you for replying. Learning all the time.
 

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System One

  • OS
    8.0
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP

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