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    Create Website Shortcut in Windows

    Create Website Shortcut in Windows

    How to Create Website Shortcut in Windows
    Published by Category: Browsers & Email
    08 Jan 2020
    Designer Media Ltd


    How to Create Website Shortcut in Windows


    This tutorial will show you different ways to create a website shortcut that will open in a web browser of your choice in Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.


    Contents







    OPTION ONE

    Create Website Shortcut on Desktop in Google Chrome that Always Opens in Google Chrome







    OPTION TWO

    Create Website Shortcut on Desktop that Always Opens in Default Web Browser


    1 Open Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, or Firefox.

    2 Open the website (ex: https://www.tenforums.com) you want to create a desktop shortcut for in the web browser.

    3 Drag and drop the icon just to the left of the address bar (where the website URL is shown) on the desktop. (see screenshots below)

    Create Website Shortcut in Windows-chrome_drag_and_drop_desktop_website_shortcut.jpg Create Website Shortcut in Windows-firefox_drag_and_drop_desktop_website_shortcut.jpg

    4 You will now have a desktop shortcut to the website. (see screenshot below)

    You can rename, change icon, and move this desktop shortcut to where you like if wanted.

    Create Website Shortcut in Windows-drag_and_drop_desktop_website_shortcut.jpg






    OPTION THREE

    Create Website Shortcut that Always Opens in Default Web Browser


    1 Right click or press and hold on your desktop, click/tap on New, and click/tap on Shortcut.

    2 Copy (Ctrl+C) and Paste (Ctrl+V) the URL address of the website (ex: https://www.tenforums.com) you want to create a shortcut to into the location field, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

    Create Website Shortcut in Windows-new_shortcut-1.png

    3 Type a name you want for this website shortcut, and click/tap on Finish. (see screenshot below)

    Create Website Shortcut in Windows-new_shortcut-2.png

    4 You will now have a desktop shortcut to the website. (see screenshot below)

    You can change icon and move this desktop shortcut to where you like if wanted.

    Create Website Shortcut in Windows-drag_and_drop_desktop_website_shortcut.jpg






    OPTION FOUR

    Create Custom Website Shortcut that Always Opens in Internet Explorer


    1 Right click or press and hold on your desktop, click/tap on New, and click/tap on Shortcut.

    2 Type the location you want to use below, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

    (Opens in new Internet Explorer window)
    "%ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" URL

    OR

    (Opens in new Internet Explorer InPrivate window)
    "%ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" -private URL

    Substitute URL in the location above with the actual website (ex: https://www.tenforums.com) you want to create a shortcut to.

    For example: "%ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" https://www.tenforums.com

    Create Website Shortcut in Windows-new_shortcut-1.png

    3 Type a name you want for this website shortcut, and click/tap on Finish. (see screenshot below)

    Create Website Shortcut in Windows-new_shortcut-2.png

    4 If you like, you can change icon, Pin to Taskbar, Pin to Start, add to All apps, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to, or move this shortcut to where you like for easy use. (see screenshot below)

    Create Website Shortcut in Windows-manual_new_shortcut_for_website.png






    OPTION FIVE

    Create Custom Website Shortcut that Always Opens in Microsoft Edge


    This option will only be available in Windows 10.


    1 Right click or press and hold on your desktop, click/tap on New, and click/tap on Shortcut.

    2 Type the location below, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

    %windir%\explorer microsoft-edge:URL

    Substitute URL in the location above with the actual website (ex: https://www.tenforums.com) you want to create a shortcut to.

    For example: %windir%\explorer microsoft-edge:https://www.tenforums.com

    Create Website Shortcut in Windows-new_shortcut-1.png

    3 Type a name you want for this website shortcut, and click/tap on Finish. (see screenshot below)

    Create Website Shortcut in Windows-new_shortcut-2.png

    4 Right click or press and hold on the new Microsoft Edge website shortcut, and click/tap on Properties.

    5 Click/tap on the Shortcut tab, and click/tap on the Change Icon button. (see screenshot below)

    Create Website Shortcut in Windows-shortcut3.png

    6 In the line under "Look for icons in this file", copy and paste the location below, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)
    %windir%\SystemApps\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\MicrosoftEdge.exe

    You can browse to and select any icon you want to use instead.

    Create Website Shortcut in Windows-shortcut4.png

    7 Select the icon highlighted in blue above, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot above)

    8 Click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 5)

    9 If you like, you can Pin to Taskbar, Pin to Start, add to All apps, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to, or move this website shortcut to where you like for easy use. (see screenshot below)

    Create Website Shortcut in Windows-manual_new_shortcut_for_website.png






    OPTION SIX

    Create Custom Website Shortcut that Always Opens in Google Chrome


    1 Right click or press and hold on your desktop, click/tap on New, and click/tap on Shortcut.

    2 Type the location you want to use below depending on if you have a 32-bit or 64-bit Windows installed, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

    (32-bit Windows - Opens in current Google Chrome window)
    "%ProgramFiles%\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" URL

    OR

    (32-bit Windows - Opens in new Google Chrome window)
    "%ProgramFiles%\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" -new-window URL

    OR

    (32-bit Windows - Opens in current Google Chrome Incognito window)
    "%ProgramFiles%\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" -incognito URL

    OR

    (32-bit Windows - Opens in new Google Chrome Incognito window)
    "%ProgramFiles%\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" -incognito -new-window URL

    OR

    (32-bit Windows - Opens in current Google Chrome Guest window)
    "%ProgramFiles%\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" -guest URL

    OR

    (32-bit Windows - Opens in new Google Chrome Guest window)
    "%ProgramFiles%\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" -guest -new-window URL

    OR

    (64-bit Windows - Opens in current Google Chrome window)
    "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" URL

    OR

    (64-bit Windows - Opens in new Google Chrome window)
    "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" -new-window URL

    OR

    (64-bit Windows - Opens in current Google Chrome Incognito window)
    "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" -incognito URL

    OR

    (64-bit Windows - Opens in new Google Chrome Incognito window)
    "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" -incognito -new-window URL

    OR

    (64-bit Windows - Opens in current Google Chrome Guest window)
    "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" -guest URL

    OR

    (64-bit Windows - Opens in new Google Chrome Guest window)
    "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" -guest -new-window URL

    Substitute URL in the location above with the actual website (ex: https://www.tenforums.com) you want to create a shortcut to.

    For example: "%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" https://www.tenforums.com

    Create Website Shortcut in Windows-new_shortcut-1.png

    3 Type a name you want for this website shortcut, and click/tap on Finish. (see screenshot below)

    Create Website Shortcut in Windows-new_shortcut-2.png

    4 If you like, you can change icon, Pin to Taskbar, Pin to Start, add to All apps, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to, or move this website shortcut to where you like for easy use. (see screenshot below)

    Create Website Shortcut in Windows-manual_new_shortcut_for_website.png






    OPTION SEVEN

    Create Custom Website Shortcut that Always Opens in Mozilla Firefox


    1 Right click or press and hold on your desktop, click/tap on New, and click/tap on Shortcut.

    2 Type the location you want to use below, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

    (Opens in current Firefox window)
    "%ProgramFiles%\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" URL

    OR

    (Opens in new Firefox window)
    "%ProgramFiles%\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" -new-window URL

    OR

    (Opens in current Firefox Private window)
    "%ProgramFiles%\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" -private-window URL

    Substitute URL in the location above with the actual website (ex: https://www.tenforums.com) you want to create a shortcut to.

    For example: "%ProgramFiles%\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" https://www.tenforums.com

    Create Website Shortcut in Windows-new_shortcut-1.png

    3 Type a name you want for this website shortcut, and click/tap on Finish. (see screenshot below)

    Create Website Shortcut in Windows-new_shortcut-2.png

    4 If you like, you can change icon, Pin to Taskbar, Pin to Start, add to All apps, add to Quick Launch, assign a keyboard shortcut to, or move this website shortcut to where you like for easy use. (see screenshot below)

    Create Website Shortcut in Windows-manual_new_shortcut_for_website.png


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Try3's Avatar
    Posts : 4,357
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 1909 Build 18363.778
       #1

    Context menu shortcuts for opening .url files in specific browsers


    An extremely useful consolidation of browser shortcut options. Thanks.

    You can also use the Context menu to open selected .url files in specific browsers.
    [There might be variations of these shortcuts that work with .website files but I have not considered them because I don't use them]


    1 Context menu [SendTo] shortcut to open .url file in Edge

    If you want to open an existing url file in Edge instead of your default browser [without creating a specific hard-wired Edge shortcut for it - Option 5 above] then you can write a short vbs file and put a link to it in SendTo. Any url file can then be opened in Edge using the Context menu.

    OpenUrlInEdge.vbs
    Code:
    Set wshShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
    PassedURL = WScript.Arguments.Item(0)
    Set oShellLink = wshShell.CreateShortcut(PassedURL)
    URLTarget = oShellLink.TargetPath
    If Right(PassedURL, 3)="url" Then WshShell.Run chr(34) & "C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe" & Chr(34) & " /c start microsoft-edge:" & URLTarget, 0
    [Originally posted at Create Shortcut of Microsoft Edge in Windows 10]


    2 Context menu [SendTo] shortcut to open .url file in Firefox

    The Firefox equivalent SendTo is simply a conventional link with this as its Target property
    "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" -tab %*
    [same for both 32 bit and 64 bit Windows]
    [the %* allows it to be used for several selected urls at once]
    [the -tab entry avoids also having an unnecessary blank FF tab opening up at the same time]


    3 Context menu [SendTo] shortcut to open .url file in IE

    The IE equivalent SendTo is simply a conventional link with this as its Target property
    "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe"
    [note that no %1 or %* is used - I have not needed to set this one up for more than a single url at a time and suspect that I'd have to send them through a vbs or batch file if I needed to do so]


    Denis
    Last edited by Try3; 22 Apr 2019 at 21:53.
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19635
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       #2

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  3. Posts : 5
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       #3

    Is there a keyboard hotkey combination for the Rightclick->New->Shortcut ? and if there isn't one is there an easy way to make one?
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