This article mainly summarizes two methods to create a Notepad shortcut on the desktop in Windows 8/8.1 computer.
Video guide on how to create Notepad shortcut on Windows 8 desktop:
Way 1: Create a shortcut for Notepad on the desktop.
Step 1: Right-click on the desktop, choose New in the context menu and select Shortcut in the sub-list.
Step 2: Input "C:\Windows\notepad.exe" (with or without double quotation marks) in the empty box and tap Next to move on.
Step 3: Click Finish in the next window to create the shortcut.
Then, the notepad shortcut is created on the desktop.
Way 2: Create a BAT file for Notepad on the desktop.
FYI, the BAT file of Notepad make it possible to automatically open the Notepad via Command Prompt, and therefore can play the role of the app's shortcut. Now, see how to create the BAT file according to the steps below.
Step 1: Right-tap the desktop, select New and choose Text Document to create a new text document.
Step 2: Open the text document and enter notepad in it.
Step 3: Tap the File tab on the upper left corner and choose Save As to continue.
Step 4: Rename the file, manually add ".bat" (without double quotation marks) to the file name and click Save.
For example, if the file is renamed as "note", the note BAT file will show up on the desktop.
Attention: Don't rename the BAT file as notepad or Notepad. Otherwise, the notepad command will continuously run in the Command Prompt and the app won't open if you use the file to open it.
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