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    Create Shortcut of Microsoft Edge in Windows 10

    How to Create a Microsoft Edge Shortcut in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Browsers & Email
    22 Apr 2019
    Designer Media Ltd



    How to Create a Microsoft Edge Shortcut in Windows 10


    Microsoft Edge is a new web browser that is available across the Windows 10 device family. It is designed for Windows 10 to be faster, safer, and compatible with the modern Web.

    This tutorial will show you how to download or create a Microsoft Edge shortcut that can open to a specified website, and can use where you like in Windows 10.


     CONTENTS:

    • Option One: To Download a Microsoft Edge Shortcut
    • Option Two: To Manually Create a Microsoft Edge Shortcut
    • Option Three: To Create a Microsoft Edge Shortcut from Start Menu
    • Option Four: To Create a Microsoft Edge Shortcut from Applications folder
    • Option Five: To Create Custom Microsoft Edge Shortcut that Opens to a Website


    EXAMPLE: Microsoft Edge
    Create Shortcut of Microsoft Edge in Windows 10-microsoft_edge.png






    OPTION ONE

    To Download a Microsoft Edge Shortcut


    1. Click/tap on the Download button below to download the .zip file below.

    Microsoft_Edge_shortcut.zip

    Download

    2. Save the .zip file to your desktop.

    3. Unblock the .zip file.

    4. Open the .zip file, and extract (drag and drop) the shortcut to your desktop.

    5. 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 shortcut to where you like for easy use.

    6. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .zip file if you like.






    OPTION TWO

    To Manually Create a Microsoft Edge Shortcut


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

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

    %windir%\explorer.exe microsoft-edge:

    OR

    %windir%\explorer.exe shell:Appsfolder\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe!MicrosoftEdge

    Create Shortcut of Microsoft Edge in Windows 10-shortcut-1.png

    3. Type Microsoft Edge for the name, and click/tap on the Finish button. (see screenshot below)

    You could name this shortcut anything you would like though.

    Create Shortcut of Microsoft Edge in Windows 10-shortcut-2.png

    4. Right click or press and hold on the new Microsoft Edge 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 Shortcut of Microsoft Edge in Windows 10-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

    Create Shortcut of Microsoft Edge in Windows 10-shortcut4.png

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

    You could use any icon that you would like instead though.

    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 shortcut to where you like for easy use.






    OPTION THREE

    To Create a Microsoft Edge Shortcut from Start Menu


    1. Open the Start menu.

    2. Drag and drop the Microsoft Edge app from the All apps list in the Start menu to your desktop. (see screenshot below)

    Create Shortcut of Microsoft Edge in Windows 10-start_menu.jpg

    3. 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 shortcut to where you like for easy use.






    OPTION FOUR

    To Create a Microsoft Edge Shortcut from Applications folder


    1. Open File Explorer (Win+E).

    2. Type shell:appsfolder into the address bar, and press Enter to open the Applications folder showing your installed apps. (see screenshot below)

    Create Shortcut of Microsoft Edge in Windows 10-shell_appsfolder-1.jpg

    3. Drag and drop the Microsoft Edge app from the Applications folder to your desktop. (see screenshot below)

    Create Shortcut of Microsoft Edge in Windows 10-shell_appsfolder-2.png

    4. 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 shortcut to where you like for easy use.

    5. When finished, you can close File Explorer if you like.






    OPTION FIVE

    To Create Custom Microsoft Edge Shortcut that Opens to a Website


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

    2. Copy and paste the location below into the location area, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

    %windir%\explorer.exe microsoft-edge:website URL address

    Substitute website URL address in the location above for the actual website URL you want this Microsoft Edge shortcut to open to.

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


    Create Shortcut of Microsoft Edge in Windows 10-shortcut-1.png

    3. Type a name you want for the Microsoft Edge shortcut, and click/tap on the Finish button. (see screenshot below)

    Create Shortcut of Microsoft Edge in Windows 10-shortcut-2.png

    4. Right click or press and hold on the new Microsoft Edge 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 Shortcut of Microsoft Edge in Windows 10-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

    Create Shortcut of Microsoft Edge in Windows 10-shortcut4.png

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

    You could use any icon that you would like instead though.

    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 shortcut to where you like for easy use.


    That's it,
    Shawn






  1. Posts : 402
    Windows 10
       #1

    Wow. Microsoft has made it easier to put a Firefox, Chrome, etc.. shortcut on the desktop than it's own Edge browser. It's almost funny.
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  2. Posts : 64,539
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    This tutorial has been updated to add OPTION THREE to create a shortcut that will open Microsoft Edge directly to a website you want. :)
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  3. Posts : 10
    Windows 10 Home
       #3

    I just tried all 3 methods above, and all of them make a short cut that brings up File Explorer open to PC\Documents. I'm using a new HP computer with Windows 10 build 10240, following the directions in an unprivileged account.

    I earlier had the Temporary Profile problem, and lost much of my AppData, including all of my tiles in the Start Menu. Even though the Edge tile exists in other accounts, there seems to be no way to make a shortcut for it from the tile, which is why I was looking here. But perhaps something about the loss of AppData is creating this strange behavior with shortcuts produced by methods above?
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  4. Posts : 64,539
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Hello Bruce, :)

    Are you able to open Microsoft Edge normally from the taskbar icon or All apps in Start menu?
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  5. Posts : 10
    Windows 10 Home
       #5

    In the account where I am trying to create the shortcut, Edge doesn't exist in any of those locations and a search for it does not show an app or application. In my admin account (local) and my other user account (a Microsoft online account), Edge appears in the tiles pane and the All Apps listing (Microsoft Edge, under M), and starts normally in both. So I know it is still on the computer, just can't figure out where!
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  6. Posts : 64,539
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Interesting, the shortcuts in the tutorial still work for me in build 11082. Please post the target paths you used to create the shortcuts with to see if anything may be wrong with them.
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  7. Posts : 10
    Windows 10 Home
       #7

    The most recent shortcut I created using method 2 has target location %windir% and target
    %windir%\explorer.exe shell:Appsfolder\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe!MicrosoftEdge

    Copied right now from method 2
    %windir%\explorer.exe shell:Appsfolder\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe!MicrosoftEdge

    They look the same to me, and I created the target by copying from your directions, so they should be the same. I just checked the shortcut properties for spaces at beginning or end, and found none.
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  8. Posts : 64,539
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Did you change or move the default location of where apps get installed?

    What happens when type shell:Appsfolder in the address bar of File Explorer and press Enter? Does it open Applications?
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  9. Posts : 10
    Windows 10 Home
       #9

    No, I didn't change where apps are installed.

    shell:AppsFolder does exactly what you said - opens Applications. No Edge or Microsoft Edge in the folder, though.

    I went back to my other user folder, ran Edge, and used Task Manager to look at the properties of the running program:
    - Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe
    - Type: File folder (.Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe)
    - Location: C:\Windows\SystemApps
    I checked shell:AppsFolder in that account, and Applications contains Microsoft Edge. I right-clicked it and made a shortcut for it on the desktop, and checked properties:
    - Target type: Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe!Microso (cut off by right edge of pane)
    - Target location: Applications
    Target type was greyed out, so I couldn't mark, copy or scroll, but it was the same as Target type. All seems consistent with your directions.
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