This is where the fun really starts! Windows 7 also includes a few options for customizing the shortcuts that are added to the Windows desktop. To begin, right-click the desktop and select the personalize option from the desktop. From this window select the option: change desktop icons. When you select this option you can add five of the following desktop shortcut icons to the desktop: the control panel, network, user’s files, Recycle Bin and computer shortcuts. Select the check boxes to include any of these on the desktop. In addition to this, you can also change the desktop icon for one of these shortcuts by selecting the shortcut and then change icon option. From here you can select from a range of alternative icons.
Some may note that you can also select an option included here for allowing themes to change desktop icons. If you select this option then changing Windows 7 themes may also change the desktop shortcut icons if the theme has different icons from your current theme. As such, if you select this option then changing the Windows 7 theme can be another way to customize the desktop shortcuts more generally.
You can also change the desktop icon of any Windows 7 desktop shortcut. To do this, right-click the desktop shortcut icon that is to be changed, and then select properties. The properties window includes a change icon option that you should select, and then you can pick from a range of alternative desktop icons for the shortcut.
However, further icons for Windows 7 desktop shortcuts can also be downloaded from various websites. These websites can include a range of alternative desktop icons for both files and folders. Websites such as Bestfreeicons.com and Freeiconsweb.com are two good sites for finding and downloading new icons. After you have downloaded go back to properties menu, select change icons, browse, the folder that includes the new desktop icons and then one of these icons to replace the old shortcut icon.
Another customization option worth noting is that of keyboard shortcuts which can be added to desktop shortcuts. A shortcut key can be added to any software shortcut and will then open the software when pressed; to add a shortcut key to a desktop software shortcut, right-click the relevant desktop shortcut and then select properties. From the properties window you can then input a shortcut key in the shortcut key box. The shortcut key for the software will then be Ctrl + Alt and then whichever shortcut key you added. So, if you added an o then the keyboard shortcut will be Ctrl + Alt + o. Click on okay to close the properties window and press the shortcut key to open the software.
So overall there are a number of options for adding, removing and customizing Windows 7 desktop shortcuts. With these options you can ensure that your favorite software and more essential documents are no more than just a click away.