September 10

DESKTOP SHORTCUT TO OPEN URL

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It is a schlep if you first have to open your browser and enter the website before you reach your target destination. With this trick you would be able to directly open your wanted website by clicking on a desktop shortcut.

Steps

Note: For the demonstration I am going to use Mozilla Firefox.

  1. Locate the shortcut icon of your favourite web browser on the desktop.
  2. Select the icon and copy the shortcut to the clipboard (right click and “Copy” or CTRL + C).
  3. Paste the shortcut in any other location than the desktop, for instance the “Documents” folder (right click and paste or CTRL + V).
  4. Locate the URL of the website you want to refer the shortcut too and Copy it to the clipboard.
    URL example: https://www.facebook.com/
  5. Open the shortcut’s properties (right click and “Properties” or ALT + Enter).
  6. The “Target” field is what you need, and the content will look like this (including the quotation marks): “C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe”.
  7. Move to the end of the field, make a space and paste the URL. It must look like this: “C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe” https://facebook.com/
  8. Click, or press Space Bar, on “Apply” and then on “Okay”.
  9. Rename the shortcut to your liking (right click and “Rename” or F2 key).
    Note: If you do not rename the shortcut, you will replace the original one on the desktop.
  10. Cut (right click and “Cut” or CTRL + X) and paste the shortcut on the desktop.
  11. You are done!

The icon of your web browser will remain as the shortcut icon, unless you change it, or you create a new shortcut. This, however would not affect the blind computer user.


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Web Browser, Windows


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