How to Create an App (shortcut) for your Desktop and Android Phone
(Prepared for the Buffalo RPCV organization and updated: March 23, 2020)
Instructions are for Microsoft Windows 10 [using the latest updated version]
1st Get a Picture and Save it.
Search for a picture, one that you would like to make into an icon.
[Example: Search for an image of the Buffalo RPCV Logo or copy from www.buffalorpcv.org .]
Right Click on the picture to open it > Choose ‘Save image as’ >
Give it a File name with a .jpg or .png extension > Choose a folder to save the file in & Click ‘Save’.
2nd Create an icon.
Open https://icoconvert.com (it’s free) and follow the Steps below to convert your picture into an icon.
Step 1 (Upload an Image)
Choose File > Locate the image you just saved > Left Click on it,
then Click on the ‘Upload’ button
Step 2 (resize picture for icon)
Left Click, Hold and Drag on picture to highlight area that will be used for your
new icon. Select the largest area you can highlight.
Step 3 (Apply styles)
Left Click the 2nd square box [Blue, with cloud, no writing],
[once clicked, the outline will be highlighted but difficult to see]
Step 4 (Select the icon format)
Choose 48 x 48
Step 5 (Convert and download)
Choose “Convert Ico”
Next: Click on “Download your icon(s)” > Click ‘Open file’ [in lower left of screen] >
Right Click on your new icon picture and Click on ‘Save Picture As’ >
Use or Change the ‘File name’ shown then Click ‘Save’.
[the picture will be saved with an .ico file extension.]
3rd Place a shortcut on your Desktop or an app on your Android phone.
For Create a Website shortcut on your Desktop using your new icon.
1st Go to the website, highlight and copy the URL.
2nd Right Click on an open space on the desktop screen > Go to New > Click shortcut >
In the “Type the location of the item” box, Right Click and Paste the URL.
3rd Click Next > In the “Type a name for this shortcut” box, Type a name > Click Finish
[Note: 4th There is now an icon on your desktop for this shortcut.
Steps 4 & 5 Right Click on it > Go to Properties > Click “Change Icon” >
are not needed
for the 5th Browse to find the icon you made with the https://icoconvert.com program.
BuffaloRPCV Highlight the new icon > Right Click ‘Open’ > Click OK > Click OK again.
6th Click on your new icon to see if it works.
For Place an icon & link onto your home screen. [Note: you do not need to create a new icon.]
Phones 1st Open Google Chrome Browser. [You must use this browser.
If you don’t have Chrome, search for, download and install it on your screen.]
2nd Go to the URL and open the website you want to pin to the home screen.
[example, Go to and Open: www.buffalorpcv.org ]
3rd Click on the 3 vertical dots in upper right corner of screen > Click “Add to Home Screen”
4th Click on the icon to see if it works.