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How to Make a Desktop Shortcut for a Website

In the age of digital convenience, having quick access to your favorite websites can save you time and increase your productivity. Creating a desktop shortcut for a website is a simple yet effective way to achieve this. Whether you’re looking to streamline your workflow or just want quicker access to your daily reads or tools, this guide will explain how to make a desktop shortcut for a website across various browsers and operating systems.

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Understanding Desktop Shortcuts for Websites

A desktop shortcut for a website is a small file placed on your computer’s desktop that directs your default web browser to a specific website URL when clicked. This eliminates the need to open your browser and manually type or search for a URL, simplifying the process down to a single double-click.

How to Make a Desktop Shortcut for a Website on Windows

Creating a desktop shortcut for a website on a Windows PC can be done easily through most web browsers. Here’s how to do it step by step in some of the most popular browsers:

Using Google Chrome

  1. Open Chrome: Start by opening your Chrome browser and navigating to the website you want to create a shortcut for.
  2. Access the Menu: Click the three dots in the upper-right corner of the browser to open the menu.
  3. More Tools: Hover over “More tools” and then select “Create shortcut.”
  4. Name the Shortcut: Name your shortcut something recognizable, and make sure the box marked “Open as window” is checked if you want the website to open in a separate window. Then click “Create.”
  5. Shortcut Created: Chrome will create a shortcut on your desktop that, when double-clicked, will open directly to the specified website.

Using Mozilla Firefox

Firefox does not directly support creating shortcuts from the browser, but you can still create them manually:

  1. Navigate to the Website: Open Firefox and go to the website for which you want a shortcut.
  2. Copy the URL: Click on the URL in the address bar to select it, then right-click and choose “Copy.”
  3. Create Shortcut Manually: Right-click on your desktop, select “New,” then “Shortcut.”
  4. Paste the URL: In the shortcut creation dialogue, paste the URL into the ‘Type the location of the item’ field, then click “Next.”
  5. Name and Finish: Give your shortcut a name that you’ll recognize, and click “Finish.”

Using Microsoft Edge

  1. Open Edge: Launch Edge and open the website you wish to shortcut.
  2. Menu Options: Click the three dots at the top-right to open the settings menu.
  3. More Tools: Go to “More tools” and select “Pin to taskbar” or “Pin to Start,” depending on where you want your shortcut. This method does not create a desktop shortcut but pins the site access to another convenient location.

How to Make a Desktop Shortcut for a Website on Mac

Creating a desktop shortcut for a website on a Mac involves a slightly different process:

  1. Open Safari: Start by opening Safari and navigating to your desired website.
  2. Select the URL: Click on the URL in the address bar to highlight it.
  3. Drag and Drop: Click on the small icon to the left of the URL (often a lock icon or website icon), then drag it to your desktop.
  4. Shortcut Created: This will create a shortcut on your desktop, which you can rename by clicking once on the text under the icon, waiting a second, and clicking again to enter edit mode.

How to Edit or Delete a Website Shortcut

To edit or delete a website shortcut you’ve created, you can:

  • Edit: Right-click the shortcut and select “Properties” to change the URL or name.
  • Delete: Click on the shortcut and press the delete key on your keyboard, or right-click and select “Delete.”

Additional Tips for Managing Website Shortcuts

  • Organizing Shortcuts: For better organization, you can create a specific folder on your desktop or your browser’s bookmarks bar where you can store all website shortcuts.
  • Shortcut Icons: Some shortcuts will retain the favicon (the small icon in a tab) of the website, making them easy to identify at a glance. If not, you can change the icon in the shortcut properties under Windows.


Knowing how to make a desktop shortcut for a website can dramatically improve your efficiency when navigating between your most-used sites. Whether for professional tasks, frequent shopping sites, social media, or any other daily use, desktop shortcuts can help reduce the clutter of tabs in your browser and speed up your workflow. With this guide, you can set up your digital workspace to access the information you need with just a click, no matter what operating system or browser you use.

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