How to Create a Shortcut on your Desktop Start by viewing your Desktop. Right click your mouse on the Desktop choose New/Shortcut. In the box ‘Type the location of the item’ you can either paste a URL from the Internet or browse your computer to find the program, file, folder, etc. that you want the shortcut for. Once you have the shortcut you want in the box, click Next. Then type a Name you want for the Shortcut and Finish. You should see the item you chose on your desktop. You can also take a document and copy the item and past a shortcut to the desktop.