Everyone uses their computer in a different way, so certain options and settings in Windows 7 may not appeal to every user.
For example, some people are happy to create bookmarks and other ways to conveniently access their favorite sites, while other people prefer to create desktop shortcuts that they can double-click to open in their default browser.
There are a ton of great websites and resources on the Internet, and there are many ways to find them. But this also makes it difficult to remember the addresses or names of sites that you really liked, so you’ve decide that you want to place a shortcut to the site on your desktop so that you can always have a simple way to visit.
The desktop is one area of your computer that you will always visit with regularity, and it’s easy to locate specific programs, shortcuts and files when you put them there. So continue reading below to learn how to add a shortcut to a website on your Windows 7 desktop.
How to Create a Website Shortcut on the Desktop in Windows 7
- Copy the address of the website for the shortcut.
- Right-click on your desktop and choose New, then Shortcut.
- Paste the address into the field, then click Next.
- Enter a name for the shortcut, then click Finish.
Our article continues below with pictures for these steps, as well as a method that might be a little simpler if you use Internet Explorer.
How to Add a Website Shortcut to Your Desktop in Windows 7 (Guide with Pictures)
We are going to show you how to do this two separate ways. The first way is by far the simplest, but requires you to use Internet Explorer. The second way is universal and will work for any Web browser.
Note that the second method will let you easily create a name for the desktop shortcut, if that’s important to you. However, you can always rename a desktop icon by right-clicking on it and choosing the Rename option.
How to Make a Desktop Shortcut in Internet Explorer
The steps in this section assume that you are using Internet explorer and that the website you want to add as a shortcut is accessible from that browser.
Step 1: Browse to the website for which you want to create the shortcut.
Step 2: Click the icon to the left of the website address and hold down the mouse button.
Step 3: Drag the icon to your desktop.
The shortcut will automatically be named with the title of the Web page.
The next section shows how to create website desktop shortcuts if you are using an different browser, or if you don’t want to or are unable to use Internet Explorer.
Universal Method for Creating Desktop Website Shortcuts in Windows 7
The steps in this section will let you create a desktop shortcut for any website that you have open in any Web browser on your computer, whether it’s Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or something else.
Step 1: Open your Web browser and go to the website for which you want to make your desktop shortcut.
Step 2: Right-click the address in the address bar at the top of the window, then click the Copy option.
Step 3: Right-click in an empty space on the desktop, click New, then click Shortcut.
Step 4: Right-click inside the field at the center of the window, then click the Paste option.
Step 5: Click the Next button.
Step 6: Enter your preferred name for the shortcut into the field at the center of the window, then click the Finish button.
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