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 seeĀ  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

create-edge-desktop-shortcut

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:

https://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.

10 Comments

  1. Kim

    How to start a new Edge instance (a browser window) from a desktop shortcut with a certain website open, instead of opening it in a previously open Edge tab?

  2. Pin Edge to Taskbar. Right-click on the Edge icon and select Microsoft Edge.

  3. Kim

    It does open a new window, also with Shift+Click on Edge icon in Taskbar, but… not with a specific website. Namely for that I need a desktop shortcut. But again… all known methods to make a shortcut open a new Edge tab, not a new window. Its quite handy, when watching certain TV or video sources, to open the website any time with one click in a new window without setting it in Edge prefs, otherwise it will open in ANY Egde window.

  4. Brent Dotson

    What I did in edge is select the thee dots, select open page in Internet Explorer, send short cut to desktop. Since Edge is default browser, clicking on shortcut opens it in edge.

  5. aussie43

    Not having a quick and easy way to create desktop shortcuts to newspaper articles etc is a fatal blow to Edge. I can’t see any reason to use it

  6. Bill Adams

    I used the more button and clicked pin this page to start, checked the start menu and sure enough it was not there, clicked off and a popup came up and asked if I really wanted to pin the page to Start and there it is. Drag it to desktop. The pin to start works for me, but you have to click the start menu a couple times.

  7. Jaime

    Hi there, thanks for the post. I am trying to schedule Edge to open and close at certain times. I am able to open it with the task scheduler but cannot close it. This is the trigger

    taskkill %windir%explorer.exe microsoft-edge

    but it seems there must be something wrong. Any idea?

  8. Drent Botson

    False, edge does not have defaults set for “Pinned Site Shortcut”

  9. Gee I wonder why the 20+ shortcuts I have on my desktop open in edge then. Must be one of those mysteries.

  10. The instructions to create a desktop link for Edge did not work for me. The Edge icon in tiles view does not drag with the mouse. Please read the comments and change the article if it is not about the current Windows 10 Home.

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