How to remove shortcuts from your desktop on a Mac or PC (3 WAYS)

How to remove shortcuts from your desktop on a Mac or PC (3 WAYS)

How to remove shortcuts from your desktop on a Mac or PC (3 WAYS)How to remove shortcuts from your desktop on a Mac or PC (3 WAYS)

  • To remove shortcuts from your computer’s desktop, just right-click on them and select “Delete” or “Move to Trash.”
  • You can also use the Delete key on your keyboard, or drag the shortcuts to the trash.
  • Removing a shortcut from your desktop won’t delete the app or folder that it’s connected to.

If you have a lot of programs installed on your computer, chances are that your desktop is filled with shortcuts. These are icons that don’t actually have any data of their own, but let you quickly jump to other apps or folders.

Because these shortcuts are just links, you can remove them from your desktop without deleting the important files they point to. Here’s how.

How to remove shortcuts from your desktop on Mac or PC

There are three ways to get rid of desktop shortcuts. You can usually tell that an icon is a shortcut because it’ll either have a tiny arrow at its bottom-left corner, or say Shortcut in the name.

The easiest way to delete a shortcut is to right-click it with your mouse, and then select Delete (PC) or Move to Trash (Mac) from the menu that appears. If it asks you if you want to remove the shortcut, confirm that you do.

This is the quick and easy way to delete pretty much anything. 
Microsoft; William Antonelli/Insider

If you have a dedicated Delete key on your keyboard that’s separate from backspace, you can also click the shortcut once, then press that Delete key.

Finally, if you have a Recycling Bin (PC) or Trash (Mac) icon on your desktop, you can click the shortcut and drag it to that icon.

Drag-and-drop the icon to the trash. 
Microsoft; William Antonelli/Insider

Just remember that deleting these shortcuts isn’t the same thing as deleting the app or folder they link to. To do that, you’ll need to find the folder’s actual location and delete it from there, or remove the app using your computer’s built-in tools.


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