Add icons to the desktop or taskbar

In Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1, you can pin Windows Store apps and desktop apps to the taskbar for quick access. You can also create shortcuts on the desktop for the desktop apps, folders, and files you use often.

To pin apps to the taskbar

  • On the Start screen, press and hold or right-click the app, and then tap or click Pin to taskbar (you can also do this in the Apps view).
    – or –
    If the app is already open on the desktop, press and hold or right-click the app's taskbar button, and then tap or click Pin this program to taskbar.

Notes

  • To remove a pinned app from the taskbar, open the app's Jump List, and then tap or click Unpin this program from taskbar.

  • You can only pin Windows Store apps to the taskbar if you have Windows 8.1 Update or Windows RT 8.1 Update. For more info, see Install the latest Windows 8.1 Update.

To add shortcuts to the desktop

  1. Press and hold or right-click the desktop, tap or click New, and then tap or click Shortcut.

  2. Enter the location of the item or tap or click Browse to find the item in File Explorer.

Notes

  • To delete a shortcut from your desktop, press and hold or right-click it, and then tap or click Delete.

  • If you delete a shortcut, only the shortcut is removed, not the original item.

  • You can't create shortcuts for Windows Store apps.

For more info about the taskbar and the desktop, see How to use the taskbar and Desktop. For more info about pinning apps to Start, see Start screen.