Creating a Desktop Shortcut for a Favorite Web Page

Written by Barry Dysert (last updated August 19, 2019)

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Windows provides a variety of ways to let you work more efficiently. One way is through shortcuts. You can create shortcuts to run programs, open files, go to Web pages, etc. In addition, you can place these shortcuts on the desktop or the Taskbar so that they're easily accessible whenever you need them.

Say that you frequent a certain Web page, such as "http://www.google.com". Instead of having to launch your browser, type the address in its address bar, and tell it to go, you'd rather have a desktop shortcut that you can simply double-click and be taken to the Google page directly.

To do this, right-click on an empty space on your desktop and choose New | Shortcut from the pop-up Context menu. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. Desktop Context menu.

When you click Shortcut, you'll be led through a two-step wizard that allows you to create a shortcut for your Web page. You're first asked for the location of the item. This is where you type the URL of your Web page. Make sure you include the full URL, such as this:

http://www.google.com

Clicking Next takes you to the second (and last) step of the wizard, where you're prompted to enter a name for the shortcut. You might want to call it something descriptive, such as "Google". When you click Finish, your new shortcut appears on the desktop. Double-click the shortcut and you'll be immediately taken to the Web page.

 This tip (5667) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 35 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer. He is currently a software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. When not working with Windows or writing Tips, Barry is an amateur writer. His first non-fiction book is titled "A Chronological Commentary of Revelation." ...

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2020-02-09 10:43:58

Robert Dawes

When I right click on a blank part of the desktop I only get the option to create a folder not a shortcut. This has only happened recently but I can't figure out how to get the shortcut option back.


2019-08-19 12:25:12

Allan

Another simple way to place a web URL on the desktop is:
Open web site on desktop>Clk stacked 3 dot menu in upper rt corner of screen>More Tools>Create shortcut>Rename if wish>Create


2019-08-19 10:21:47

Ray

Can this be modified to specify which browser to use?


2019-08-19 08:24:37

Bud Pass

Creating a shortcut manually is the hard way, although sometimes the only way that will work.
Either copying-pasting or manually typing the URL in the Shortcut field should work.

The easier way is to drag the URL from a browser window to the desktop.
In most browsers, that means pointing the cursor at and dragging the icon just to the left of the URL.


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