How to Move Your Desktop Shortcut to the Task Bar

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Shortcuts are an efficient way to access files and programs that may be buried within your computer's filing system. Microsoft's operating systems have a toolbar at the bottom of the screen where you can place shortcuts to tasks and programs that you use often. The "quick launch" section of the toolbar is located on the left hand side. You can add a desktop shortcut to the quick launch section of the toolbar so that you can quickly view your desktop.

  • Right click the taskbar located at the bottom of the screen and uncheck "Lock the Taskbar" if it is checked. This allows you to edit and alter the taskbar.

  • Right click the toolbar again.

  • Select "Toolbars" from the right click context menu. "Toolbars" is typically the first menu option.

  • Check "Quick Launch" from the "Toolbars" submenu. This enables the quick launch section of the toolbar where you can add your desktop shortcut.

  • Drag the desktop shortcut icon to the quick launch section of the toolbar. The desktop icon should now appear in the quick launch section.

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