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How to create shortcuts in Windows 10

By Staff | Mar 8, 2018

I used to love placing an icon for Amazon and eBay on my Windows desktop. To make it, I would open up Internet Explorer, right-click on www.amazon.com from the address bar, choose copy, right-click on a blank area on my desktop, and choose paste.

This allowed me to click on the new icon and quickly get to the website, whereas before I had to open up Internet Explorer, click on the favorites bar and choose Amazon.com.

So, Windows 10 comes along and you can’t do this. You can copy the address, but when you try and paste it on the desktop, nothing happens. Well, don’t throw a temper tantrum.

Here is how you can do it and save your fingers from clicking four times. Bear with me because it’s a no-brainer to create an icon.

First, open up the Edge or Internet Explorer, and in the address space type in your favorite site; hit enter to go to it. Let’s use www.amazon.com for an example. Once the site appears, right-click on www.amazon.com and choose COPY. That was easy. Now, anywhere on the desktop that has a blank spot, right-click – a menu pops up. Choose NEW then click on SHORTCUT. At the “Create Shortcut” screen, right-click and choose PASTE in the “Type in location of the item” box. Great, you’re almost done. Click Next, in the box type in AMAZON, then click on Finish. That’s it. The new AMAZON icon appears on your desktop. Just click on it and you’re instantly connected to Amazon.com. You can do this with your bank, credit card company or anything else.

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