To quickly access the Microsoft Word app on your Windows 10/11 computer, you can create a desktop shortcut for Word. This post teaches you how to create a Word desktop shortcut. It also introduces some useful keyboard shortcuts in Microsoft Word to help you work more efficiently.

Microsoft Word Desktop Shortcut

To create a desktop shortcut for Microsoft Word, you can use the three ways below.

Way 1. Send Microsoft Word to Desktop

  • Press Windows + S to open Windows Search.
  • Type word in the search box.
  • Right-click Word App and select Open file location to open the Microsoft Word app in File Explorer.
  • Right-click the Word shortcut and select Send to > Desktop (create shortcut). Then you will see a Microsoft Word shortcut on your computer desktop.

Way 2. Create a Word Shortcut from Start

  • Still, press Windows + S, type word and you will see the Word App in the search results.
  • Right-click Word App and select Pin to Start or Pin to Taskbar to add the Word app to Windows Start or Taskbar.
  • Then you can click Word App in Start or on the taskbar, hold and drag your mouse to the desktop. It will create a desktop shortcut for Word.

Way 3. Create a Word Shortcut from Desktop

  • Right-click the blank area on your desktop and select New > Shortcut.
  • In the Create Shortcut window, you can type the file path of Microsoft Word: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Word 2016.lnk. Click Next.
  • Type a name for the shortcut like Microsoft Word and click Finish.
  • Now you can see the Word desktop shortcut on your screen. You can double-click the Word shortcut to quickly launch the Microsoft Word app every time.

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Useful Keyboard Shortcuts in Microsoft Word

You may find using some keyboard shortcuts for Word can work more efficiently. Below we introduce some useful Microsoft Word keyboard shortcuts.

Ctrl + O: open a document

Ctrl + N: create a new document

Ctrl + S: save the document

Ctrl + W: close the document

Ctrl + X: cut the selected content to the Clipboard

Ctrl + C: copy the selected content to the Clipboard

Ctrl + V: paste the contents of the Clipboard

Ctrl + A: select all document content

Ctrl + B: apply bold formatting to text

Ctrl + I: apply italic formatting to text

Ctrl + U: apply underline formatting to text

Ctrl + [: decrease the font size by 1 point

Ctrl + ]: increase the font size by 1 point

Ctrl + E: center the text

Ctrl + L: align the text to the left

Ctrl + R: align the text to the right

ESC: cancel a command

Ctrl + Z: undo the previous action

Ctrl + Y: redo the previous action

Ctrl + Alt + S: split the document window

Alt + F: open the File tab

Alt + H: open the Home tab

Alt + N: open the Insert tab

Alt + W: open the View tab

For more useful Microsoft Word keyboard shortcuts, you may refer to this post: Keyboard shortcuts in Word.

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