NOTE: Applies to Windows XP, Vista, 8.0, 8.1, 10 I like a clean desktop, but still like to access my favorite programs easily. That's one of the reasons why I like where Microsoft is going with Windows 10. The Start Menu and Start Screen are unified, and keep items within easy reach. You could add a shortcut to your desktop, allowing some clutter. You could "Pin" the program to the Taskbar in Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, but then your Taskbar starts getting cluttered. Instead, I've been applying this trick for years: ADD ANY PROGRAM TO THE DESKTOP CONTEXT-CLICK (RIGHT-CLICK) MENU The method used is to add the path to the program into your Windows Registry. Follow these instructions (Credit How-To-Geek) http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/wind...ion-to-the-desktop-right-click-menu-in-vista/ EXAMPLE: I often monitor the ocean tides in one of my favorite locations in the world. I also do lots of quick computing with a calculator. Here's how I added both to the desktop right-click menu. Make new entry I add "Tides" Add key "Command" Full path to my program, enclosed in quotation marks Done. Here's how I can launch my "Tides" program. Now adding my favorite calculator. Note that "Tides" and "Calculator" have automatic Alt- shortcut keys added by Windows. Clean desktop.