How to create desktop shortcuts for GOG titles

Teodor Nechita
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How to create a desktop shortcut for games (formerly Good Old Games) is a digital distribution platform for video games, but also films.

It specializes in the distribution of older titles, hence the name, but it also deals with new ones as well.

What sets GOG apart from other similar platforms such as Steam or Epic Store is that the Games are DRM-free.

GOG also lets you download a client from where you can manage your game library.

This client is known as GOG Galaxy, and it boasts plenty of neat features.

However, some users have been wondering about some of the features that see to be hidden from plain sight:

Just a quick question. Is there a way to create a shortcut for a game i’ve downloaded from Galaxy? I know that if you download the game from GOG’s website it automatically adds a shortcut to your desktop, but is there a way to do this with Galaxy?

While the games you downloaded could easily be accessible from the GOG Galaxy library, some people still seem to prefer the good old-fashioned icon on the desktop.

How to create a desktop shortcut for games

Normally, when you download a game via GOG, you should be prompted in the download location screen whether you’d like a desktop shortcut or not as well.

However, you can set GOG Galaxy to create desktop shortcuts for all the games you download as a default feature.

As such, follow the steps below:

  1. Open GOG Galaxy
  2. Click on (Top-left corner)
  3. Select Settings from the list
  4. Select the Downloads tab
  5. Check the box next to the Create shortcut on desktop field
  6. Close the window

How to create a desktop shortcut for games


The change should now apply to all future games you will download.

Remember that uninstalling GOG Galaxy will NOT uninstall the games you downloaded through it.

If you don’t like GOG, you should give other digital game distribution platforms shot, such as the Epic Games or Steam.

More so, all of them have massive sales that rotate on a weekly basis, with mega sales happening during Summer and Winter.

Some publishers, such as Electronic Arts, Ubisoft or Rockstar Games have their own proprietary clients, namely Origin, Uplay, and the Rockstar Games Launcher.


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