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The internet explorer icon is special, and is NOT a standard shortcut. It offers different right-click menu options from a standard shortcut pointing to Internet Explorer. So, you may not want to use the answer previously provided.


A If you have an XP version prior to SP3:

1) Right click on your desktop and select Properties.
2) Select the desktop tab.
3) Click the Customize Desktop Button.
4) Check the Internet Explorer checkbox.
5) Click OK.

B For Windows XP SP3 or Windows Vista:

1) Click START -> Run, then type Regedit and click OK.
2) Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\
HideDesktopIcons\NewStartPanel
or HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\
HideDesktopIcons\ClassicStartMenu
depending on which desktop you use, standard or classic.
3) Find key {871C5380-42A0-1069-A2EA-08002B30309D} and change the DWord value from 1 to zero.
4) Exit Regedit

5) You must log off and log back on before your IE icon will reappear.

Some sites offer a small program to do this for you. Some ignore the classic desktop and change the standard desktop only.


C If the less sophisticated standard shortcut is good enough for you, the original solution provided here is certainly usable:

Go into the start menu, click on internet explorer once - and drag the icon to your desktop.
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Click Start, and then locate the Internet Explorer icon on the Start menu. If you do not see the Internet Explorer icon on the Start menu, look in the Programs or the All Programs folders on the Start menu.
Note If you cannot locate the Internet Explorer icon on the Start menu, follow these alternative steps or, if you are not using Windows 7, use Method 2.
Right-click and drag the Internet Explorer icon from the Start menu to your desktop, and then click Create Shortcuts Here, or click Copy Here.
A shortcut to Internet Explorer is created on your desktop. You can double-click this icon to open your home page in Internet Explorer.

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