How to Get a Facebook Icon on Your Taskbar
By Erin McManaway
Updated May 07, 2020
Your computer’s taskbar allows you to pin shortcuts to programs and folders that you use often. You can add a Facebook icon to your taskbar that will open to the Facebook website upon clicking. To do this, you must create a shortcut to the Facebook website and download a Facebook icon image in the .ico file format. Once you have created this shortcut on your taskbar, you can navigate to Facebook from the icon no matter what programs or websites you are using.
These instructions work best using Internet Explorer and may vary slightly with other web browsers, but the key concepts should be similar.
Creating the Shortcut
Right-click anywhere on your desktop, select "New" and then select "Shortcut." This will create a new pop-up window.
Copy and paste the Facebook URL into the text box next to where it says "Browse." Then click "Next."
In the text box, name your shortcut how you see fit, such as simply "Facebook." An unadorned new icon will appear on your desktop.
Customize the Icon
Download a Facebook .ico image from a site such as Icons Media, Find Icons or Icon Finder. Save this icon to your desktop for future reference.
Right-click the Facebook shortcut on your desktop and click “Properties.”
Navigate to the “Web Document” tab and click “Change Icon.”
Click browse and navigate to your desktop where you have saved the Facebook .ico file.
Double-click the Facebook .ico file, then click “OK” twice. This will change the shortcut icon to look like the Facebook icon you downloaded.
Close the Properties window and return to your desktop.
Left-click on the Facebook shortcut and drag it to the computer’s taskbar to pin it as a new Facebook icon. When you click the Facebook icon, it will automatically launch your browser on the Facebook page.
Erin McManaway holds a B.A. in professional writing from Francis Marion University, where she earned the Richard B. Larsen Memorial Award for Business and Technical Writing. She has worked in materials development, media and information technology in the nonprofit sector since 2006. McManaway has also been a writer and editor since 2008.