How to Drop Website Shortcuts from Chrome Browser to Windows Desktop

When you find a great website (like that you want to visit more and more often in the future, you can bookmark that website or webpage by pressing the hotkey Ctrl+D. This hotkey was made popular by the Netscape Navigator web browser back in the 90s and it is still being used in all the newer web browsers for bookmarking the pages.

But what if the website or a page is really really amazing (e.g, then you may want to create a shortcut to it on your Windows Desktop so that you can just double-click on that shortcut to open that webpage in your web browser. Here is how it is done:

For all modern web browsers (Firefox, Opera, Chrome etc)

  1. Open a website in your web browser for which you want to create a shortcut on your desktop.
  2. Click on the website icon or on the lock icon in the address bar, drag and drop it on your Windows desktop.Drop Website Shortcuts on Windows Desktop
  3. Now you have a desktop shortcut for that website.

That was easy. Right? And what is more, you can do this for any links on any webpage. With these desktop shortcuts you will be taken straight to that webpage without having to go through the new tab page or home page when you launch your web browser. These are generic shortcuts and open in your system’s default web browser.

Drop Website Shortcuts on Windows Desktop

For Chrome and Chrome based browsers only

  1. Open the target webpage in Chrome for which you want to create the desktop shortcut.
  2. Click on the menu icon (hamburger icon), select More Tools and then Create Shortcut.Drop Website Shortcuts on Windows Desktop
  3. You will be asked for a title of the new shortcut before that shortcut is created.Drop Website Shortcuts on Windows Desktop

Shortcuts created in this manner using Chrome web browser are launched only in the Chrome web browser and contain a shortcut icon that is same as the favicon of the webpage.