There should already be a desktop icon on the bottom left hand side of the task bar next to the Start. but if not right click the toolbar select toolbar and there should be an option for quicklaunch make sure that is ticked.
Re Skell. I have tried that and I get two or three 'application' styled boxes not an icon. I used to have an icon, but like everything else on this computer it has a mind of it's own and disapeared. Think it needs a good spring clean but to frightened to contemplate it!
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