How to create a Word app icon on the desktop

Word 365
Today Microsoft Office setup program does not create Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook icons on the desktop, and you need to search the applications in the Start menu. If you want to have those icons on your desktop as before, you can create them by hand.

Right-click at the empty area of the Windows desktop. Chose New -> Shortcut in the popup menu:

New Shortcut in the popup menu Word 365

Type, copy and paste (or select using the Browse... button) "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\root\Office16\WINWORD.EXE" in the location text box and click Next:

Create Shortcut dialog box in Word 365

Type Word in the name text box (or another name for the shortcut) and click Finish:

Create Shortcut 2 dialog box in Word 365

Double-click on the newly created shortcut on the desktop to launch Microsoft Word:

Microsoft Word Shortcut in Word 365

Note: To delete the shortcut from your desktop, right-click on it, then select Delete in the popup menu. If you delete a shortcut, only the shortcut is removed, not the original item.

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