Shortcuts are an easy way to quickly open frequently used applications on any operating system. However, most of our work and even entertainment requires a browser; which for most people is Google Chrome. For example, I open WordPress first thing in the morning to start my work, I open Netflix every time I need a break, etc. To save time, it is a good idea to create website shortcuts that you can access directly from your desktop. Here are some ways to create a desktop website shortcut for Chrome.
How to create a desktop website shortcut for Chrome
1. Native method
Google Chrome is highly customizable and offers a native way to create desktop website shortcuts in just a few steps. To start, open chrome browser and go to the website for which you want to create a shortcut. I opened Techwiser.com in a new tab. Once you open the website, click on the three vertical points in the upper right corner browser.
In the second step, from the pop-up menu, select More tools and click Create shortcut. This can be done to create a shortcut to any website.
Finally, click To create in the pop-up window and you have successfully created a shortcut to a website on your desktop. There is an option to change the name of the shortcut and also to enable the opening of the website shortcut in a new tab each time you click on it.
2. Save as shortcut (Chrome extension)
While the native method is easy, a Chrome extension does give you some additional features. For example, you can download more than one tab as shortcuts in a zip file or download web pages in various formats. Start, Download and install Save as Chrome Shortcut Extension. Just select Add to Chrome to add the extension to your browser.
Please note that the extension will work on all Chromium-based browsers like Edge and Brave.
Once it has been successfully installed, it will appear in the extension tab in the upper right corner of the browser. Click on the icon and press Save current to save the current web page as a shortcut on the desktop. This will download the page to the Downloads folder by default.
To change the download location to the desktop, click the options (as shown above) and select the settings link under the download folder settings. However, since the extension is basically downloading the web page, it will change the location of all our downloads. So the best way is to enable the ‘Ask where to save’ option before downloading the option.
Get Save as shortcut
3. Progressive web applications (PWA)
Simply put, PWAs or Progressive Web Apps are a modern combination of a website and a mobile app. So you get an app-like experience without installing software. The best part is that all existing Chrome extensions remain and the app always opens in a new tab. These are also faster to load as they pre-cache resources.
You can easily find out if a web page is PWA by looking at the + sign on the right side of the URL. If the website you are looking to make a shortcut supports it, click on the + sign to open the installation option.
From the new popup window, Please select Install on pc to start the installation.
As soon as the installation is complete, you will see a shortcut icon on the desktop that is in line with the shortcut of the website that we are trying to make. Whenever you open this shortcut, it will open in a new tab as an individual app.
It is also quite easy to uninstall it. All you have to do is open the application, click the three vertical dots in the upper right corner of the browser, and select uninstall. That’s it.
Remember to keep an eye out for the + sign on your favorite websites to create a desktop shortcut.
Closing remarks: creating a website on your desktop
So these are some of the ways you can create a shortcut for any website on desktop using Chrome browser. Well the native way is the easiest for sure, but then I use the extension mostly when I have too many pages open and I want to keep one folder for all of them.
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