The Desktop is the most important part of the navigation structure of Windows 7 for many users, so it would make sense to place a link on the Desktop that opens your favorite Web browser. Fortunately Windows 7 allows you to put shortcuts for almost any type of file or program on your Desktop.
Our guide below will show you how to add a Desktop shortcut for the Google Chrome Web browser, which will allow you to double-click that shortcut and start a Web browsing session.
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Put a Chrome Shortcut on Your Desktop
The steps in this article are going to show you how to place a shortcut for the Google Chrome Web browser on your Windows 7 Desktop. you can then double-click that shortcut to launch the Chrome browser.
This guide will assume that you have already downloaded and installed the Chrome browser. If not, then you can go here to download it.
- Click the Start button at the bottom-left corner of your screen.
- Click inside the search field at the bottom of the Start menu, then type chrome into the field. DO NOT press Enter on your keyboard, as that will launch Chrome.
- Right-click the Google Chrome result under Programs, click the Send To option, then click Desktop (create shortcut).
You should now have an icon on your Desktop for the Google Chrome browser that looks something like the image below.
It is possible to hide all of your Desktop icons in Windows 7, which can be a little troubling if you use that as a primary way to navigate your computer. Learn how to restore hidden desktop icons in Windows 7 if all of your icons have mysteriously disappeared.
Did you know that you can modify the pages that Chrome opens when you first launch the browser? You can even set up Chrome to open with multiple tabs. Learn more about setting Home pages in the Google Chrome browser.
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