Enhance Workflow: Step-by-Step Tutorial on Placing the Word Icon on Your Desktop

In today’s digital age, having quick and easy access to your most frequently used applications can significantly enhance your productivity. One such application that many of us rely on for various tasks is Microsoft Word. By placing the Word icon directly on your desktop, you can save valuable time and streamline your workflow. In this step-by-step tutorial, we will guide you through the process of putting the Word icon on your desktop.

Accessing the Start Menu

To begin, locate the Windows Start button in the bottom-left corner of your screen. Clicking on this button will open up a menu with various options. Look for the “All Apps” option and click on it. This will display a list of all the applications installed on your computer.

Locating Microsoft Word

Scroll through the list of applications until you find Microsoft Word. Alternatively, you can use the search bar located at the top-right corner of the menu to quickly search for Word by typing its name. Once you have located Microsoft Word, right-click on its icon.

Creating a Shortcut

After right-clicking on Microsoft Word’s icon, a context menu will appear. From this menu, hover over or click on “More” or “Open File Location,” depending on which version of Windows you are using. This will open up a new window displaying shortcuts to various files related to Microsoft Office.

Within this window, locate and right-click on the file named “WINWORD.EXE.” From here, select “Send to” from the context menu that appears and then choose “Desktop (create shortcut).” This action will create a shortcut to Microsoft Word and place it directly onto your desktop.

Customizing Your Shortcut

Now that you have successfully placed the Word icon onto your desktop, it’s time to customize it to your liking. Right-click on the Word shortcut and select “Properties” from the context menu. A new window will appear, allowing you to modify various settings.

In the “Shortcut” tab, you can change the icon used for the Word shortcut by clicking on the “Change Icon” button. This will open up a selection of icons for you to choose from. You can either select one of the pre-existing icons or browse your computer for a different icon file.

Furthermore, in this window, you can also assign a keyboard shortcut to launch Microsoft Word quickly. Simply click inside the “Shortcut key” field and press a combination of keys that you would like to use as a shortcut. However, ensure that your chosen combination does not conflict with any existing shortcuts on your system.


Placing the Word icon on your desktop is a simple yet effective way to enhance your workflow. By following this step-by-step tutorial, you can easily access Microsoft Word with just one click, saving time and streamlining your daily tasks. Take advantage of this convenient feature and optimize your productivity today.

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