Create web page shortcut using Edge browser on Windows 10 desktop

I wish this were as easy as it was in Internet Explorer, but the way to create a website or web page shortcut on Windows 10 desktop using Microsoft Edge browser is a bit time-consuming. In this post, we will see how to create a website or web page shortcut on Windows 10 desktop for Microsoft Edge browser. We will also see how to create a desktop shortcut to launch Edge

To create a web page desktop using Internet Explorer, all one needed to do was to open the URL, right-clicking a blank space and select Create shortcut and the desktop shortcut would be created. Try that in Edge and you will see  just 4 context menu entries of which Create shortcut will not be one.

First, let us see how to create a desktop shortcut for Edge browser.

Create desktop shortcut to launch Edge

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This one is simple. Open your Start Menu and scroll down to Microsoft Edge. Now simply drag and drop the Edge icon to your desktop and its shortcut will be created.

Create web page shortcut for Edge

To create a desktop shortcut to open a website or a web page direct in Edge browser, you will have to follow the usual way to create a desktop shortcut and change its icon.

If you have set Edge as you default browser, right-click on the desktop > New > Shortcut. In the Type the location of the item field, type the URL of the web page, say:

http://www.thewindowsclub.com/edge-browser-tips-and-tricks

Click on Next, give the shortcut and name and complete the process. You may want to change the icon of the newly created shortcut.

Now when you click on it, the web page will open in Edge.

If Edge is not your default browser, but you want to open a web page using Edge, right-click on the desktop > New > Shortcut.

In the Type the location of the item field, type the following path:

%windir%\explorer.exe microsoft-edge:http://www.XYZ.com

Here replace www.XYZ.com with the URL of the site or the web page.

Create web page shortcut for Edge

Click Next, give the shortcut and name and complete the process. You may then want to change the icon of the newly created shortcut.

There is one issue that I would like to bring out about an option in Edge.

Open Edge browser an navigate to the web page whose shortcut you want to create. Now click on the 3-dotted More link and then click on Pin this page to Start link and see if that pins a web shortcut to your Start. This unfortunately has not worked for me – so I really do not know what that Pin this page to Start link does. If this did work, we could have dragged and dropped the shortcut to the desktop!

See how to Pin file, folder, website shortcut to Windows 10 Start Menu.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.