If you installed everything from Creative Cloud you would have 20 or more Adobe shortcuts on your desktop. I only had Xd installed under Windows, so I just installed Media Encoder too. It also didn't get a desktop icon. I don't have the drive space to test that on all of the apps!
In the task bar there is 'Show hidden icons' button, and in that there is the Creative Cloud icon. You can drag that icon onto the task bar so that it's no longer hidden. With the CC button you can quickly get a list of all of the Creative Cloud apps you've installed.
So, you would be trading one double-click for two single-clicks, but at least your desktop won't be more crowded.
Sorry but I don't understand.
There isn't a 'Show hidden icons' button.
I tried right-clicking on the taskbar and I could not find it.
I am using windows 10. And do you know where the Adobe Xd folder is located in?
I was testing on Windows 10. Strictly speaking it's the notification area of the task bar, over to the right. This picture shows the ^ button that you click on:
It's proving to be a challenge finding out where it gets installed! Seems not to be in Programs or Programs (x86). At least not in the Adobe folder. I'm doing Windows searches for 'experience' or '.exe'. That takes a while to run, and hasn't yet shown where it is.
If I track it down I'll let you know. Otherwise, see if my previous idea makes more sense now, or try doing your own searches to find out where it's installed.
I think I figured it out. The exe that gets things going is named "Experience_Design_(Beta)_Set-Up.exe". That sounded so much like an installer that I ignored it. But, double-clicking it does open up the Xd template options, ready for you to get going.
At some point I had manually put that on my C drive, while testing another problem someone was having. There also was a copy deeply buried in an Edge browser cache temp folder. That one seemed not to function, but the one on the C drive did. I moved a copy of that one to the desktop, and that too launched ok.
So, if you can track down "Experience_Design_(Beta)_Set-Up.exe" you can put it on your desktop. Creating a link also works.
One interesting thing though, when you open that exe all it does is open the CC app, to get it to launch Xd. If my first suggestion of using the CC menu works out, it will end up being the same stages involved in opening a desktop shortcut.
I seem to can't find where that is..
Do you know which folder it is in?
Its in C:\Program Files\WindowsApps\Adobe.CC.XD_0.6.32.12_x64__adky2gkssdxte
In another discussion someone suggested looking at the Start menu. You can drag the Start menu icons to your desktop to make a shortcut. XD does appear in the Start menu.
I have the same problem and none of the mentioned suggestions work. The Xd icon is just not here. I'm on W10. The only way I can access Xd is by opening it trough the CC installer.
In Windows 10 there is a white Windows icon where the Start menu would normally be. Clicking that should show the whole Metro interface to the right, and to the left is a list of recently added and most used applications. Below the most used should be an alphabetical list of apps, and XD is under the letter A. Do you not see that menu?
Yes, but there's no "open file location" option under "More" so I can't drag a shortcut icon to my desktop like I can with the other CC apps. When I place a local search Windows can't identify any Xd icons either. All I see under "More by right clicking in the Start menu is "Pin to taskbar", "Rate and review" and "Share".
When I right click other Adobe app icons in my W10 Start menu I get this option (see under), making it possible to click "Open file location" - and from there I can drag the shortcut icon to my desktop.
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Found this somewhere else. Gives you all the shortcuts to any "modern" apps you have as well as all the rest:
Paste this into an explorer window:
Unfortunately for me it doesn't allow me to add them to RK Launcher but it does allow you to have desktop shortcuts.