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How to Create a Desktop Shortcut for Microsoft Excel

If you use Microsoft Excel regularly, you may find it helpful to create a desktop shortcut for the program. This will allow you to launch Excel quickly and easily, without having to search for it in your Start menu or applications folder. In this article, we’ll show you how to create a desktop shortcut for Microsoft Excel in Windows 10.

First, open Microsoft Excel. You can do this by clicking the Start button, then selecting “All apps,” and finally clicking on Microsoft Excel. If you have Excel pinned to your Start menu, you can also click that shortcut.

Once Excel is open, click the File tab in the top-left corner of the window. Then, click the Options button near the bottom of the menu.

In the Excel Options window, click the Customize Ribbon button on the left-hand side. Then, check the box next to the Developer tab in the right-hand pane. This will add the Developer tab to the Excel ribbon.

Now that the Developer tab is visible, click it. Then, click the button that says “Insert.” In the drop-down menu, click the “Shortcut” button.

In the Insert Shortcut window, type “Excel” in the Description field. Then, click the “Browse” button next to the Target field.

In the “Browse for Files” window, navigate to the following location:

C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOffice16

Double-click on the EXCEL.EXE file in that folder. This will add the file path to the Target field in the Insert Shortcut window. Then, click the “Next” button.

In the next window, leave the default shortcut key blank, and click the “Finish” button.

You should now see your new shortcut listed in the Shortcuts section of the Excel Options window. Click the “OK” button to close the window.

Your new shortcut will now be available whenever you open Excel. To use it, simply press the shortcut key you assigned (or click the shortcut icon on your desktop), and Excel will launch.

Microsoft Excel is a powerful tool for managing and analyzing data. If you use Excel frequently, you may want to create a desktop shortcut for quick access to the program. In this article, we will show you how to create a desktop shortcut for Microsoft Excel.

Step 1: Locate the Excel Program

The first step is to locate the Excel program on your computer. Depending on your version of Windows, you may find Excel in different locations. Here are some common locations:

  • Windows 10: Start menu > Microsoft Office > Excel
  • Windows 8: Start screen > Excel tile
  • Windows 7: Start menu > All Programs > Microsoft Office > Excel

Step 2: Right-click on the Excel Program

Once you have located the Excel program, right-click on it. This will open a context menu with several options.

Step 3: Select “Create Shortcut”

In the context menu, select “Create Shortcut.” This will create a shortcut to the Excel program on your desktop.

Step 4: Rename the Shortcut

The shortcut will be named “Excel” by default. You may want to rename it to something more descriptive, such as “Microsoft Excel.” To rename the shortcut, right-click on it and select “Rename.” Type in the new name and press Enter.

Step 5: Move the Shortcut

By default, the shortcut will be created on your desktop. You can move it to a different location if you prefer. To move the shortcut, click and drag it to the desired location.

Step 6: Customize the Shortcut Icon

The shortcut icon will be the same as the Excel program icon by default. You can customize the icon if you prefer. To do this, right-click on the shortcut and select “Properties.” In the Properties dialog box, click on the “Shortcut” tab. Then click on the “Change Icon” button. Select a new icon from the list or browse for an icon file on your computer. Click “OK” to save the changes.


Creating a desktop shortcut for Microsoft Excel is a simple process that can save you time and make it easier to access the program. By following these steps, you can create a customized shortcut that suits your needs.


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