Opening Websites from the Taskbar

by Eric Wyatt
(last updated May 24, 2021)


There is a little-known trick or feature with Windows 10 that few users use. This trick allows users to launch websites directly from the Taskbar without a web browser being opened first. If you access websites frequently, enabling a feature to launch websites quickly at first might not sound like a big-time saver, however over time it can add up.

  1. Right-click on an unused space in the Taskbar. Windows opens a Context menu.
  2. At the top of the Context menu choose Toolbars. A flyout menu is displayed.
  3. Choose the Address option at the top of the menu. Windows displays an address box to the right of the Taskbar.

Within the Taskbar's new address box, type the URL you want to visit and press Enter. Windows opens the website you entered in your default web browser. Alternatively, you can press the down arrow to choose a website from your history. You can even take this one step further—if you know the full path to a file on your computer, you can type it in press Enter. Windows opens the file, the same as if you had located it and double-clicked on it.

This simple edit can allow you to quickly access any website directly from the Taskbar without having to launch a web browser.

 This tip (13863) applies to Windows 10.

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Eric Wyatt is a swell guy (or so his friends tell him). He is a formally trained designer and branding expert, bringing a wide range of skills to his Tips.Net articles. ...


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2021-05-24 14:35:22

Brandon Pachol

I've done the same thing with Links under the Context menu of the Toolbars. With the ability to create folders under the Links menu, I can organize my favorite websites, as well as Excel spreadsheets, PDF's, and other documents that I access frequently.

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