Desktop and Start menu shortcuts are links to various different items. It can be to a program, file, folder, another computer, etc. Here is a quick way to create a Desktop and Start menu shortcut in Windows 8.
- On the Start menu, left click on the Desktop tile.
- Right click on any empty area of the Desktop and select New > Folder or Shortcut. If you selected Shortcut, browse to the program you want to the shortcut to open.
- Right-click on the folder or shortcut you just created and left click Pin to Start.