Create Website Shortcuts on your Windows desktop

Just like one has desktop shortcuts for your oft-used programs, files or folders Internet Explorer users can also create desktop shortcuts to open your favorite websites. While I have tried this on Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 10, this works for all versions.

Create website shortcuts on your desktop

There are two ways you can create desktop shortcut to website on your Windows desktop.

In Internet Explorer, open your favorite website and right click in any blank space on the web page. From the context menu which pops up, select Create shortcut.

Create Website Shortcuts

You will get a dialogue box asking you Do you want to put a shortcut to this website on your desktop? Click Yes.

Create Website Shortcuts desktop

A shortcut opening the website will be placed on your desktop.

Alternatively, see the icon above in your browsers address bar, on the left side of the URL?

That’s the favicon. Just drag the favicon to your desktop. That’s it! You have your shortcut. This will work for all web browsers including Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox and Opera,

If you drag the favicon straight to your Quick Launch Bar, you will have a Quick Launch Shortcut. Clicking on it will launch your browser to open the website.

pin website shortcut to taskbar

Trust you find this small tip useful.

This post talks of how you can create web page shortcut using Edge browser on Windows 10 desktop. You can also create a Desktop App of your favorite website using Chrome.

To launch websites quickly, there is another way – Add the Address Bar to the Taskbar. Tomorrow we will see how to Pin website Tile or Shortcut to Start Screen in Windows 8.1.

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  1. jim_shipley

    I tried this several times but all the pinned icons always opens my yahoo email no matter which site i select.

  2. ironhead341

    All’s I get when I right click on a webpage I want to make a shortcut for is ‘Select All, inspect element, and view source. There isn’t a ‘create shortcut’ option since I’ve switched over to windows 10. What should I do?

  3. 2016/9/7: in Opera now there is no favicon. And select, drag to desktop, does not create a shortcut as it does in Chrome.

    What to do?

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