Office 2010 Desktop Icons for All Users

rgutwein used Ask the Experts™

I have about 50 new client computers that I just installed Office 2010.  I would like to have a desktop icon for Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc for all users but it is too time consuming to do this for each one.  Is there some kind of script I can run?

Also, can I do something similar with the Google Chrome desktop icon (I installed it using Google Pack)


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Hi rgutwein,

Provided you have Active Directory you can use Group Policy. GP should be configured as domain based group policies. If you install GPMC on a Windows 7 machine (follow these instructions:, you will be able to create domain based group policies that can be applied to any number of computer and users from a central location. Hope fully you have a tidy AD with OUs etc :)
The general process is as follows:
1. Install GPMC on a Windows computer
2. Open GPMC, navigate to the Group Policy Objects node under your domain
3. Create a new GPO and name it accordingly
4. Expand the User Configuration\Preferences\Windows Settings\ node. Right click the Shortcuts node to create and distribute a new shortcut.
5. Restrict access to the GPO to the users and/or computers that should be impacted (best practice is to use an OU or a group)
6. Link the GPO to the domain or to an OU containing the users and computers that are impacted.
It is always good to create a seperate OU and place/push the GPo there in order to test it without disturbing the users.


Thanks nipponsoul,

I will have to check out the GPO.  Is there a way where I can just run a quick batch file, especially for the Google Chrome desktop icon for All Users.


I think you would need a VBScript rather than a quick batch file as you would be able to use variables to provide for any changes in the user profiles. That's why I mentioned GPo. Because it is the easiest and best practise solution.

If you can't push GPOs then perhaps you can find more options here in this article I found:

There is a VBScript in there that you can perhaps test :)
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There is also a toll from ScriptLogic/Quest Software for making script writting easy .. Perhaps this can assist you:

It has an option for creating shortcuts.
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Essentially, yes.  You can create a simple batch file that copies the shortcut(s) from where they originally reside to the Public user desktop in order to achieve your goal.  The original shortcuts can normally be found somewhere within the following hierarchy:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

You want to copy those shortcuts to the following location:


And place your batch file in the following location:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
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That being said, since you are copying those shortcuts to the Public user desktop for everyone's access, your IT staff can conceivably do it manually once on each computer and it would be a fairly quick process.
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In other words, your IT staff can navigate to the following folder:

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Microsoft Office

...and copy each shortcut that you want to the following location:


After that, they will appear on every user's desktop.  The same principle would apply for copying the Google Chrome shortcut to the Public user desktop.  Do it once, and on that particular machine you're all set.


Thanks, what would be the syntax for the batch file?
@ Run5k:   That would apply only on one desktop. Then they would have to manually do that on every desktop so doesn't provide a solution for large scale deployment.

Try a VBScript, just change the paths depending on OS and 32-64 bit:

set WshShell = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell" )
strDesktop = WshShell.SpecialFolders("AllUsersDesktop" )
set oShellLink = WshShell.CreateShortcut(strDesktop & "\shortcut name.lnk" )
oShellLink.TargetPath = "C:\application folder\application.exe"
oShellLink.WindowStyle = 1
oShellLink.IconLocation = "C:\application folder\application.ico"
oShellLink.Description = "Shortcut Script"
oShellLink.WorkingDirectory = "C:\application folder"


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