How to Create a Desktop Shortcut for Edge Browser

If you had been using Microsoft Internet Explorer web browser so far, it is no longer going to be available for the Windows 10 and Windows 11 users. Now everyone has to switch to the Microsoft Edge (Chromium based) web browser. For this reason, we have to get much more familiar and ready for the Edge browser now. If you had deleted all the Edge browser shortcuts because you thought that you would keep using Internet Explorer, then it is time to re-create the desktop shortcuts for the Edge browser.

Here is how you can create a shortcut to Microsoft Edge web browser on the Windows desktop:

  1. Right-click on the desktop and choose New and then Shortcut.Create Edge Browser Shrotcut
  2. Enter %windir%\explorer.exe shell:Appsfolder\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe!MicrosoftEdge in the location text field and click Next.Create Edge Browser Shrotcut
  3. Enter Microsoft Edge (Chromium) in the name field and click on the Finish button.Create Edge Browser Shrotcut
  4. Your Edge browser shortcut is ready.

The shortcut created using the above method might not have the icon for the Edge web browser. In which case, you should change the icon of the shortcut manually. For this, we have to right-click on the newly created shortcut and then choose Properties. This will show you the properties window for that shortcut.

In the Properties window, click on the Shortcut tab and then on the Change Icon button. Now you can browse and select the msedge.exe file which is located inside the C:\Program Files\Microsoft\Edge\Application folder.

Create Edge Browser Shrotcut

If you cannot find the msedge.exe file, then you can simply download the icons from The downloaded icon file is in the ICO file format and can be used to change the icon of the created shortcut of the web browser.

If you had somehow managed to remove the Edge web browser from your system then the easiest way to reinstall  is by downloading it from