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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 Files\Microsoft Office\Office16\

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.

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