How to Create a Website Shortcut on Your Desktop

How to Create a Website Shortcut on Your Desktop

Easily & Quickly

Do you have a website that you always want to open easily and quickly without opening your web browser first?

Maybe Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Yahoo, Tumblr, Reddit or another website?

Then you should create a internet shortcut to your favorite website or web page on your computer's desktop.

And:

On this page I will show you in a few simple steps how to do this...

...by using your favorite web browser, like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Safari or any other browser.

And I will also show you how to change the icon of a desktop shortcut.

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, so that you only have to click once to open your favorite website.

And now:

Make a Website Shortcut on Your Desktop - 4 Ways

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

Method 1

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

1 Open your web browser.

2 Open your favorite website or web page.

3 Minimize 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 Click, hold and drag the small icon (located next to the web address) to the desktop. Examples of icons: small browser icons

create a website shortcut on desktop

Method 2

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

1 Open your web browser.

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 key on your keyboard.

make a website shortcut on desktop

A "Save as" window will open.

4 Select "Desktop" and enter a name for the shortcut at "File name".

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5 Click on "Save".

Method 3

This method works for all web browsers.

1 Open your web browser.

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 Enter a name for this shortcut and click on "Finish".

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...".

A small "Add to desktop" window will appear.

5 If you want you can edit or change the name for this shortcut.

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.

Change 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.

Here are 3 websites where you can find many free icons:


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".