Python v3.11.5 New Download


I just downloaded the latest version of Python from For some reason, there
is no automatic IDLE shell shortcut created on my desktop. Is there something wrong
with the IDLE download package? If not, where is the shell shortcut located so that I can
create a shortcut manually. By where, I mean the folder subdirectory.

Please advise.


Did you look in the windows start menu entries for python 3.11?
You should find IDLE there.

Which version of windows?
Did you install for all users or just for your user?


thank you for replying to my query. When I type in IDLE in the Search bar, and I click on the ‘IDLE (Python 3.11 64-bit)’ in the search results, a window pops up with the following question: Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device (every time)?
When I click yes, a python window appears but it is not the python shell. It is a blank python file.
I would like the python shell since I normally use it as my quick to calculator as well as writing short python scripts.

I have 64-bit, Windows 11. I am surprised as most download application packages usually have a check mark asking if you would like a shortcut on the desktop at the time of download. This package
does not.

Do you know the location of the folder where the python shell application file is located so that I may create a shortcut on my desktop? By the way, when I ran the python application package, and selected repair, this did not fix the issue.


In Windows 10, you would look for it in the Start menu and then right-click and click on More->Open file location. You can then copy and paste the shortcut to IDLE from there to the desktop.


yes, I tried that. None of them are the Python shell.
The four that are listed are:

  1. IDLE (Python 3.11 64-bit)
  2. Python 3.11 (64-bit)
  3. Python 3.11 Manuals (64-bit)
  4. Python 3.11 Module Docs (64-bit)

None are the python shell.


What do you mean by “Python shell”?

I get those 4.

1 gives me the Python prompt in IDLE and 2 gives me the Python prompt in a console window.

Python shell is the file where you can write short scripts on the fly. You can use it for math calculations as well. You can import library packages to test classes, functions, etc. The file will literally have as its title at the top: ‘IDLE Shell 3.11.5’. In short, it is the input/output command line interface for python.

Inside of the file, it will have the following message:

Python 3.11.5 (tags/v3.11.5:cce6ba9, Aug 24 2023, 14:38:34) [MSC v.1936 64 bit (AMD64)] on win32Type “help”, “copyright”, “credits” or “license()” for more information.

By the way, I just uninstalled python and reinstalled it. When I rechecked the folder above where the four shortcuts above are located, the shell shortcut is still not included which would have made it the fifth one. I think that this might have been an oversight when creating this latest version installation package.

The folder is this location:
C:\Users\myUsernameFolder\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Python 3.11

As of now, to get access to the python shell, I have to select the first file listed above, once open, I click the ‘Run’ tab from the top menu, I then select ‘Python Shell’.

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This opens the IDLE Shell.

This is the same program, IDLE, in a different mode. I suspect you somehow configured the default startup mode to “Edit Window” mode. Open the menu “Options → Configure IDLE → Windows” and change “At Startup (o) Open Edit Window” to “(o) Open Shell Window”.

Thank you! That did the trick.

Much appreciated.