How to create a Desktop Shortcut to a Website using Chrome or Context Menu

Desktop shortcuts are a quick and easy way to access files on your computer. You can also create a Desktop shortcut to directly access any website or URL of your choice without opening a Web Browser and manually typing the URL.

Creating a Website shortcut is very easy on Windows. I’ll be explaining two different methods.

Method 1. Using the Context Menu

Note: This process applies to Windows 7, Windows 10 and most of the other Windows versions. You can create a shortcut to any webpage without using a browser.

  1. Open the Context Menu on your Desktop by clicking the Right Mouse Button on an empty space. 
  2. Hover or Click on “New
  3. Select “Shortcut” from the submenu. A “Create Shortcut” window will open. 
  4. Enter the exact URL in the text box under “Type the location of the item:”. Do not forget to include www or http(s):// before the URL or it would not work. So, for example, if you’d like to create a shortcut for https://www.gadgetcouncil.com/, enter exactly https://www.gadgetcouncil.com/ or www.gadgetcouncil.com and not just gadgetcouncil.com 
  5. Click on Next and enter a name for your shortcut. 
  6. Click on Finish. The shortcut to the website will look something like the image below and you can access the URL by double-clicking the shortcut icon. 

Clicking on the shortcut icon will open the website or URL on your default browser.

Method 2: Using Google Chrome

  1. Open Google Chrome, type the address you’d like to create the shortcut to and hit Enter.
  2. Click the Vertical Ellipsis (three vertical icons) in the top right corner of Chrome. 
  3. Hover or Click “More Tools” from the Context menu and then select “Add to Desktop…” 
  4. A new popup box will appear with the Webpage title in its text box. You can change this title to anything you want. After you’re done, click on “Add” and the shortcut to the website will be added to your desktop. 
  5. The shortcut icon will have Website favicon by default. This is how a website shortcut created using Chrome looks like – 

Clicking on the shortcut icon will open the website on Google Chrome even if you have a different browser set as default.

You can also create a shortcut by first clicking on the address bar and selecting the whole URL and then dragging it to the desktop while holding the left mouse button. Follow this article if you want to create a desktop shortcut for a URL using Mozilla Firefox.

Microsoft Edge Browser

Edge is a web browser by Microsoft that comes pre-installed with Windows 10. Unlike Internet Explorer, Edge does not have an option to directly create a desktop shortcut to a website, so you’ll have to follow the first method.

Microsoft Edge, however, does have a feature to pin a webpage to the Start Menu. This is also like creating a shortcut but instead of Desktop, you’re creating the website shortcut on the Start Menu.

To pin a webpage to the Start Menu –

  1. Click the Ellipsis icon (three horizontal dots)  in the top right corner of Edge browser. 
  2. In the Context menu, select “Pin this page to Start”
  3. You’ll be asked to confirm. “Do you really want to pin this tile to Start”. Select “Yes“. If the URL is already added to the Start menu, you’ll not be asked for this confirmation, clicking on “Pin this page to Start” will do nothing.
  4. All the pinned websites can be found here on the Start Menu: 

Clicking on these pinned icons will open the website only on Microsoft Edge.

I use Windows 10 and some of these may not work on other editions of Windows. Let me know in the comments if you face any issues.

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