Create custom tile for web link? With custom image on tile?


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    Create custom tile for web link? With custom image on tile?


    I want to make a tile for a web link to a site. I can find old instructions to do that natively using the Edge browser. A 2015 CNET article gives instructions for doing this for Firefox. I don't know if the information I found still works.

    My preference would be to use the logo of the site for the image. There are very old forum posts about this too, but apparently one of the programs no longer exists, and one of the newer ones seems to only work with installed programs, not web sites.

    Is there anything new out there that you folks would recommend?

    Added later: I have made progress! All of the instructions I found for pinning a web link to the Start menu seem to have been invalidated in both Edge and Firefox. However, Digital Citizen posted last month a way to put a link in a shortcut, and that worked! At least I have double-tap entry on the desktop. I couldn't get it to work for Edge, but it works for Firefox.

    Both browsers did give me an option to pin my link to the taskbar. When I did that in Edge it just landed on top of the existing Edge icon. that did not meet my goal of having an identifiable place to tap or click to go to the site so I abandoned it.

    So, I'd still like a nice big tile with my preferred image, but I do have something I can settle for.
    Last edited by Judy in Texas; 02 Mar 2021 at 17:39.
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    In Chrome, I drag the URL to the Desktop, rename the link, find or screen capture the desired image from the web, convert it to an .ico (icon) file, right click>Properties>Change icon...

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    If I drag the Edge tile from Start to my dektop to create a shortcut, then if I put "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application\msedge.exe" www.google.com in the Target field of this shortcut, I can pin it to my Taskbar just fine.
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    hdmi said:
    If I drag the Edge tile from Start to my dektop to create a shortcut, then if I put "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft\Edge\Application\msedge.exe" www.google.com in the Target field of this shortcut, I can pin it to my Taskbar just fine.
    Thank you, hdmi. My goal in the request above is not to pin the browser, but to pin a process that uses the browser and opens it to a specific link. I did that. (See "Added later," above.) My original goal was to put that process in a tile, which would open with the Start menu, but the old instructions for doing that seem to not work any more. I can pin a link to the taskbar, which requires a bit more process than you describe, but that was not what I wanted to do. I was going for a nice big tile with an image for the site I wanted.

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    Edwin said:
    In Chrome, I drag the URL to the Desktop, rename the link, find or screen capture the desired image from the web, convert it to an .ico (icon) file, right click>Properties>Change icon...
    Thank yo Edwin, and thanks for the great illustration.
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