1. Joined : Jun 2016
    Posts : 3
    Windows 10
       6 Days Ago #1

    Need Help With Creating Icons for Desktop Shortcuts


    In trying to create desktop shortcuts to websites that have recognizable icons, instead of Microsoft's generic, look-alike ones, I tried to follow this excellent, step-by-step YouTube video which was generously submitted by Edwin, however I got stuck at one point, and don't know how to correct it.

    When I tried to make the shortcut and got to the point where I put in the location of the item, it gave me the message, "The file C:\%windows%\explorer.exe.microsoftedge;Google Translate cannot be found."


    Here's what I did; maybe someone could help me, by finding the mistake in my process:

    As suggested in the video, I went to the 'icon finder' website and located an icon for the 'Google Translate' website that I liked, clicked on "More," then saved it to my desktop as a 'Windows .icon' file. It showed up as expected, and when I checked it by right- clicking on it, then going to "Properties," it showed it as being a '.icon' object, so everything so far looked good.

    Next, after going to File Explorer -> This PC -> Windows (C): -> Windows, I made a folder called "Icons."

    Then I cut & pasted the icon from my desktop into the icon folder which I just made.

    Finally, I right-clicked on my desktop, chose "New," "Shortcut"....and there's where my problem arose, because, as stated, I got the message, "The file C:\%windows%\explorer.exe.microsoftedge;Google Translate cannot be found." I must've given the computer an improper pathway to the shortcut. (Note: The blue-colored 'Google Translate' which I appended onto the '%windows%\explorer.exe.microsoftedge;" in this last sentence was actually "https://translate.google.com" but it wouldn't let me paste that, turning it into 'Google Translate,' instead. I don't know how to override that)

    I am not real computer-savvy, so my mistake is probably--hopefully--obvious. I tried to follow the YouTube instructions to the letter, after having written them down in a step-by-step fashion, but obviously I screwed up somewhere. Any help which someone might be able to give me would be greatly appreciated.
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  2. Joined : Jan 2015
    UK, Midlands
    Posts : 6,207
    Win 10 Pro (1607)
       6 Days Ago #2

    Hi, the path isn't validly formed. What is it that you wish the shortcut to do? Open your default browser at Google translate? Or something more specific?

    Here's a shortcut (extract it from the zip file) that does that. You can of course change the icon.
    Google translate.zip
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