Create a shortcut toolbar on the desktop

If you want easy access to your most frequently used programs and files but don't want to clutter your desktop with shortcuts, you can store shortcuts to those items in a toolbar on your desktop.

  1. Right-click an empty area on the desktop, point to New, and then click Folder.

    A folder will appear on the desktop. This is the folder you will use as the shortcut toolbar.

  2. Type a name for the folder (for example, Shortcuts), and then press ENTER.

  3. Drag the folder to the very left, right, or top edge of the screen, and then release it.

    The folder will now look like a toolbar.

  4. Drag the shortcuts to the toolbar that you want to appear there.

    The shortcuts will appear on the toolbar.

  5. Click any shortcut on the toolbar to open its associated program or file.

Picture of a shortcut toolbar on the desktop
A shortcut toolbar on the desktop


  • When you create a shortcut toolbar, the folder you created it from remains on your desktop. If you do not want to see the folder on your desktop, you can hide it. The toolbar will remain on the desktop, but the folder will disappear.