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Office365 Desktop Shortcuts deploy

02/12/2020 1436 views


what is the easiest way to create shortcut on the desktop for office 365 apps? We deployed o365 with the xml file create in the OCT but can't find the option to add shortcuts to desktops of (Word,Excel,PowerPoint, Outlook)

users really want desktop shortcuts.

I could create a task and copy content from C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs


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Better way would be to copy the shortcut to public desktop, so it visible to all users and easy to maintain.

Answered 02/12/2020 by: rock_star
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Hi Psaussey,

one possibilty would be to use KACE Desktop Authority to manage the userprofiles (shortcuts are only one option). If you are using SMA only you can try to run a script om the context of the currently logged on user.

Kind Regards

Answered 02/12/2020 by: Timokirch
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  • Thanks. I would like this to be done with SDA after the office 365 is deployed...
    • We use a powershell script that makes a copie of the shortcuts from the startmenu to to the default profile. Looks like:
      Copy-Item -Path "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Word.lnk" -Destination "c:\users\Default\Desktop" -Force
      Copy-Item -Path "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Excel.lnk" -Destination "c:\users\Default\Desktop" -Force
      Copy-Item -Path "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\PowerPoint.lnk" -Destination "c:\users\Default\Desktop" -Force
      Copy-Item -Path "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\OneNote 2016.lnk" -Destination "c:\users\Default\Desktop" -Force
      Copy-Item -Path "C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Outlook.lnk" -Destination "c:\users\Default\Desktop" -Force

      So, every user that logs in has the desktop icons when copy profile is set to default.
      Important that the powershell script runs after the installation of office 365, otherways there are no .lnk files to find in programdata folder.
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