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dragging icons to the desktop

by grandpaw7 / October 6, 2004 5:37 PM PDT

It seems like that most of the time when I have a program open, I can reduce its size from maximum and then drag the icon to the desktop so I will have a shortcut to the program on my desktop. But sometimes this doesn't work, as with OE. Why is this? And how do I get a shortcut to OE on my desktop? grandpaw

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Re: dragging icons to the desktop
by Kees Bakker / October 6, 2004 7:30 PM PDT


To answer you last question:
- right click on a empty part of the desktop
- choose New
- choose Shortcut
- browse to the thing you want a shortcut to; with Outlook Express, that's c:\program files\outlook express\msimn.exe
- click OK
That's it. Drag it to whatever location on the desktop you like (if haven't set it to Autoarrange).

Via right click>properties you can change the text below the icon. You might prefer "Outlook Express" or "mail" above "Shortcut to msimn.exe", but that's up to you.

Hope this helps,


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Re: dragging icons to the desktop
by billzhills / October 7, 2004 12:20 AM PDT


Right click Task bar -> left click Properties

Open Start Menu tab -> click Customize

Open Advance tab -> under Start Menu Items
Check box Enable Dragging and Droping

XP has many different settings at this location for the way you wish your desktop to look and run. Way too many!! I have problems trying to keep up with them.


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Re: dragging icons to the desktop
by Kees Bakker / October 7, 2004 5:57 AM PDT

And still another method (most things can be done in Windows in quite a few ways):

- locate the program in Windows Explorer (I explained where it is); it helps to set the program to View>Details (but it's not really necessary)
- right click on it
- choose Make Shortcut
- this makes a shortcut in the same folder the program is in (name Shortcut to msimn.exe.lnk, now it really helps to view the details)
- drag and drop this shortcut to the desktop (simple set Explorer to 'normal window', not 'maximized' and it's easy).


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Re: dragging icons to the desktop
by glb613 / October 7, 2004 8:39 PM PDT

As with most tasks, there are several ways to accomplish the same thing. You can go to start, all programs, Outlook Express and right click on it. Select "send to" and pick "desktop" create shortcut. You can do this for any program on your list.

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