If you're tired of always going through the Start button launch your apps... BUT don't want your desktop littered with shortcuts then try using the Quick Launch bar. The Quick Launch is a section on the left side of the Taskbar that lets you place a single click shortcut for any application! If it's not enabled just right-click on your taskbar and then select Quick Launch. It's a simple and easy way to add convenience without the clutter to your Windows experience.