If you delete an icon with an arrow, you are simply deleting the
shortcut link. If you delete an icon without an arrow, you are deleting
the file or folder, not just a link to the file.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
see "Windows Basics" in Windows Help and Support: click Start
Creating and Deleting Program Shortcuts on the Desktop
You can create a shortcut to a program, file, or folder by using: Windows
Explorer or Desktop.
Using Windows Explorer:
1 Right-click the Start button, select Explore. Navigate to the folder or file
to which you want to create a shortcut.
2 Right-click on the item, highlight Send to, and then click Desktop (create
Using the desktop:
1 Right-click an open area of the desktop, highlight New, then click
2 In the Create Shortcut window, click Browse and navigate to the location
of the item you want the shortcut to link to.
3 Highlight the file or folder, and click OK.
4 Click Next.
5 Name the shortcut, and then click Finish.
To learn more about the Windows desktop,
→ Help and Support.
Microsoft Windows Desktop