How to Create a Website Shortcut on Your Desktop

How to Create a Website Shortcut on Your Desktop

This tutorial will show you in a few simple steps how to create a website shortcut on your computer's desktop in Windows 7, 8 and 10 using your favorite web browser.

You can use any web browser you want, like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer or Safari.

But first:

Everyone has a favorite website or web page that they want to visit as soon as they open their web browser.

Whether it's Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Yahoo, Tumblr, Linkedin, Pinterest, Reddit or another website – we all have that one website that we visit more than all other sites.

But:

Opening your web browser, navigating to the bookmark and then clicking on the bookmark to open the site takes a few steps and also time.

Sometimes you just want to open your favorite website easily and quickly without having to take a few steps.

That's why it's a good idea to have a shortcut to your favorite website(s) on your desktop, so that you can open your favorite site(s) directly with only a double click.

And:

You can also drag a shortcut to the Windows taskbar to create a quick launch icon, so that you only have to click once to open your favorite website.

And now:

How to Create a Website Shortcut on Your Desktop - 4 Ways

These methods work for all Microsoft Windows versions, like Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.

How to Create a Website Shortcut on Desktop - Method 1

This method works for almost all web browsers except Microsoft Edge.

1. Open your web browser (e.g. Google Chrome).

2. Open your favorite website or web page.

3. Minimize (resize) the web browser window a little bit, so that you can see both the web browser and desktop.

minimize web browser window

4. Go to the address bar of your web browser.

5. Drag the small (lock, info or globe) icon located next to the web address to the desktop.

Examples of browser icons: small browser icons

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How to Create a Website Shortcut on Desktop - Method 2

This method works for almost all web browsers except Microsoft Edge.

1. Open your web browser (e.g. Firefox).

2. Open your favorite website or web page.

3. Right-click on the web page and choose "Save as..." or "Save Page As...". Or press the CTRL + S keyboard keys.

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4. When the "Save as" windows appears, select "Desktop".

5. Type a name for the shortcut at "File name".

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6. Click on "Save".

How to Create a Website Shortcut on Desktop - Method 3

This method works for all web browsers.

1. Open your web browser (e.g. Opera).

2. Open your favorite website or web page.

3. Right-click on the web address located in the address bar of your web browser and choose "Copy" (Make sure that the web address is highlighted / selected).

copy web address of website

4. Close or minimize the web browser window.

5. Right-click on the desktop, go to "New" and choose "Shortcut".

create internet shortcut on desktop

6. Right-click on the location bar and choose "Paste" to copy the URL (web address) of your favorite site into the location bar.

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7. Click on "Next".

8. Type a name for this shortcut and click on "Finish".

How to Create a Website Shortcut on Desktop - Method 4 - Google Chrome

1. Open Google Chrome.

2. Open your favorite website or web page.

3. Click on the options button located at the top right.

google chrome options button

4. Go to "More tools" and choose "Add to desktop...".

5. A "Add to desktop" window will appear and here you can edit or change the name for your shortcut if you want.

6. Click on "Add" to save the shortcut.

add website shortcut to desktop using google chrome

This method usually adds a nice icon to the shortcut.

How to Change a Website Desktop Shortcut Icon

You've created a website shortcut on your desktop.

But:

Your shortcut has a boring icon, like the default browser icon of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer or another browser.

If you want to use another icon, then you can easily change it and I will show you step by step how to do this.

1. Download a icon in .ico format.

You can download icons from websites, like:

download facebook icon

2. Right-click on the shortcut on your desktop and choose "Properties".

3. Click on "Change Icon...".

4. Click on "Browse...".

5. Select the icon you downloaded and click on "Open".

6. Click on "OK".

7. Click on "Apply".

8. Click on "OK".