How to Make a Shortcut to Internet Explorer in Windows

By Leonardo R. Grabkowski

You can create a shortcut to Internet Explorer if your desktop icon has gone missing, or if you simply want to make another shortcut to place into a different folder. Creating a shortcut to your Internet Explorer web browser allows you to easily access the program from your desktop or favorite folder instead of having to open your Windows Start menu each time you want to browse the Web.

Method One

Step 1

Click on the Windows logo on the taskbar to open the Start menu. Look for the Internet Explorer icon on the start menu. If you don't see it, click on "All Programs" to find it in the "Programs" list.

Step 2

Right-click on the Internet Explorer icon and select "Send To: Desktop (Shortcut)" to create a desktop shortcut. Once you have the desktop shortcut, you can place it in another location, if desired.

Step 3

Drag the icon to your desktop if you do not see "Send To" or if you cannot right click. This creates a shortcut to Internet Explorer.

Method Two

Step 1

Right-click your mouse anywhere on the Windows desktop. Select "New>Shortcut."

Step 2

Copy and paste the following text into the "Location" box (without the quotation marks and period): "%programfiles%\internet explorer\iexplore.exe."

Step 3

Click "Next" then type a name for the shortcut. You can type "Internet Explorer" or whatever you want. Click "Finish" to create your shortcut.