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How to create a URL desktop shortcut using Microsoft Edge

An Internet address is known as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator) and you will be familiar with the ubiquitous “http:\\www.computrain.co.za” format of a URL. The URL is what you type into the address bar at top of your Internet website browser. If you are dealing with a secure website such as your bank, you will notice that there will be the letter “s” at the end of the http. Incidentally, the “co.za or .com” of a URL is called the TLD “Top Level Domain”.

We’ve had a few customer ask us if it’s possible, to create a desktop shortcut, to a website’s URL using the Microsoft Edge Internet website browser. Being able to simply double click a shortcut on your desktop and be taken immediately to that respective website is a huge time saver! Otherwise, you’d need to firstly launch your Edge browser, then either type in the URL in the address bar, or click on a link in the Edge’s favourites shortcuts if you had previously saved that website.

The answer to this question is that unfortunately, this is not possible using Edge on its own; but there is a workaround:

Firstly, navigate to the website which you want to create a desktop shortcut for. Then, left click the three horizontal dots on the top right hand corner of the Edge browser and choose the “Open With Internet Explorer” option.

When Internet Explorer opens the website, simply right click anywhere in the webpage and choose “Create shortcut” from the menu that will appear. When you left click this option, you will be asked if you want to “put a shortcut to this website on your desktop?”. Click the “Yes” button and you will now see a shortcut on your desktop!

Lastly, when you double click the newly created desktop shortcut, Microsoft Edge (not Internet Explorer) will open and display the website in question.

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