Creating a shortcut/alias

How do I create a shortcut/alias to the program on the desktop?

Presently, the default settings for program installers create a shortcut/alias on the desktop for all user accounts (previously, the installer only created the shortcut/alias for the currently logged in user). Use these instructions if a shortcut/alias was not placed on your desktop and you would like to do so.


To create a shortcut on a Windows computer, see these instructions. If you want the shortcut to be available to all users, put the shortcut in the appropriate “All Users” directory.

  • Windows 2000/XP: :\Documents and Settings\All Users\Desktop
  • Windows Vista: :\Users\Public\Public Desktop
    Note that on Windows Vista, the public desktop for all users is a hidden folder. If you cannot view this folder, see these instructions.


To create an alias on a Macintosh computer:

  1. Open a new Finder window.
  2. Browse to the folder containing the program.
  3. Control-click the program icon and select “Make Alias”.
  4. Drag the alias to the desktop.