Creating a Desktop Shortcut for a Favorite Web Page

by Barry Dysert
(last updated February 22, 2016)

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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 30 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer.  He is currently a senior software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. ...

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2016-02-22 23:21:18

MWilson

In Win7 I've used the above method to successfully create shortcuts on my Desktop to frequent email recipients using this input:

mailto:<name@domain.com>

But one of my laptops is running Win8.1 and when I try to create the above shortcut I am sent to a Microsoft login request -- and no email message is created :(

What's changed and how do I circumvent the login request?


2016-02-22 16:20:06

Janet Hall

When I create website shortcuts I usually do it while I have the website open by highlighting the URL in the address window and doing a copy and paste into the shortcut wizard. This way I am sure it is spelled correctly.


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