For a start, the user needs to make sure that Skype is actually installed on the computer and was not deleted. You need to go to the folder where the program itself directly, or view it in the list of installed programs. It is best to use the second method, as it is much faster and easier. Should open the menu "start" choose "control Panel". In the window that appears, find and click on the "add or remove programs". When a new window will appear, you must scroll through the list of installed programs and search for Skype. If not, then you will need to reinstall it.
How to find the shortcut Skype?
So, when you're convinced that this software is actually installed on your computer, you will need to find the folder where it is stored. If the program was installed by default and the installation path has not changed, then it boils down to this: go to "My computer" and select local disk C:. After that you should find a folder Programm Files and in the list find Skype (the program can be installed on another drive and in another folder). Typically, the program shortcut is in the Phone directory. To make sure that it really is a program, and, for example, an image (sometimes they can be confused as the same icon), then look at the parameter "Type", which should be pointed out that this file is "Application".
How to add the Skype icon on the desktop?
After the shortcut to the program is found, move it to the desktop. It is worth noting one common mistake, which is that sometimes users simply drag the shortcut to your desktop. To do this in any case is not necessary, as it will stop working and you have not be able to run the program. To solve this problem will help only reinstallation of Skype. In order to put the program on the desktop, you will need to click right mouse button and in context menu select "send to" then "desktop". The user can do things differently. To do this, just need to call context menu and select "Create shortcut". After clicking in the folder will be a shortcut that is already possible to move to the desktop. In this case, all will be fine and nothing will happen.
As a result, a Skype shortcut will be on desktop and what's left to the user to find it and run.