Here's our Windows XP Tip for.. May 2, 2007
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The Desktop is a Folder, too
The desktop is a folder, too. This means you can run Windows Explorer and move files into and out of the desktop. Let's take a look at this option. Run Windows Explorer and click the desktop folder to select it. Explorer's right pane now displays the desktop contents.

Now let's say you would like to place a shortcut to a specific folder on your desktop. Use the right mouse button to drag the new folder to the Desktop folder. When you release the right mouse button, choose Create Shortcut(s) Here from the menu.

Note that dragging a folder to the desktop using Windows Explorer has no particular advantage over just dragging it to the desktop. However, if you're already working in Explorer, you can use this method to avoid juggling windows on the screen.