When you install Microsoft Office, it does not create any desktop shortcuts for the different applications. If you only use one or two of them, having desktop shortcuts to any others serves no purpose. However, it would be nice to have a desktop shortcut to the Office application that you use most often, such a Word or Excel.
To create a desktop shortcut to Microsoft Word using XP:
- Click Start, point to All Programs, and point to Microsoft Office.
- Point to the Microsoft Word.
- Right click the program, point to Send To, and click Desktop (create shortcut).
A shortcut to Microsoft Word will automatically be added to your desktop. Now when you want to launch the program, you can simply double click the desktop shortcut instead of having to navigate the Start menu.