How to Create a Shortcut to a Web Address (4 Steps)

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Shortcuts are small files located on the Windows desktop or in a folder that point to another location. These link files can point to a program, another file or folder, or even a website. After you create a shortcut, a file is shown in the folder or desktop that has the icon of your default Web browser. For instance, if you use Firefox as your default browser, an icon for Firefox is shown. Double-clicking the file opens the browser and the Web address you associated with the shortcut.

Step 1

Right-click the desktop and select "New." In the menu displayed, select "Shortcut." This opens a "wizard" that guides you through the process.

Step 2

Type the website URL in the text box labeled "Type the location of the item." Click the "Next" button.

Step 3

Enter a friendly name for the shortcut in the text box labeled "Type a name for this shortcut." Click the "Finished" button.

Step 4

Look at the desktop. You'll find a shortcut with an icon that matches the default Web browser. If you want to move the desktop to a folder on the machine, right-click it and select "Cut." Double-click "My Computer" and navigate to the folder where you want the shortcut to be located. Right-click the folder and select "Paste." This moves the shortcut from the desktop and into the selected folder.