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Since it wasn't immediately obvious, I decided to write this down.
enable the app launcher
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If you don't see the app you want, scroll until you see it.
Method 1
Right click and choose "create shortcuts..."
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Method 2
You can also create a shortcut manually from an open application (this actually works for any application)
Get the shortcut info
- Right click on the icon in the taskbar
- Right click on the program's name at the top
- Select properties
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Create a new shortcut
- Right click on your desktop and choose New > Shortcut
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- Copy the Target from the properties window to the location box and hit Next
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- Name it whatever you want
Ok good. You can stop here or change the icon.
Here's how:
Change the shortcut's icon
- In the properties window that you have open, click "change icon"
- Copy the path that you see under "look for icons in this file:"
- Right click your new shortcut and choose properties
- Click "change icon" and paste your path in there.
- Press enter or OK and the icon should show up.
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Done.

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