How to Fix a Missing Excel or Word icon on the Desktop

How to Fix a Missing Excel or Word icon on the Desktop

A Microsoft Office program shortcut may sometimes be missing from the “Microsoft Office” folder of the Windows Start Menu’s “All Programs” section or Excel and Word program shortcut may sometimes be missing from the on the desktop.

How to Create a Desktop Shortcut to Word & Excel

1- Open the File Explorer.

2- The location of the excel executable in Windows 10 is

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\root\Office16

Scroll down until you see EXCEL.EXE or WINWORD.EXE

Right click the file for the program. A pop-up menu appears.

From the pop-up menu, click Send to -> Desktop (create shortcut)

How to Fix a Missing Excel or Word icon on the Desktop

Note: it can be different for different versions of Office & Windows.

Office16 – Office 2016
Office15 – Office 2013
Office14 – Office 2010
Office12 – Office 2007

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Published on: Feb 20, 2019 edited date: Apr 19, 2020



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