How to Add Browser Desktop Shortcut on Windows?

Learn how to create and add the web browser on the desktop as shortcuts on the Windows OS. You can create a desktop shortcut easily using these two methods.

One of the most prominent reasons why people prefer to create desktop shortcuts for various apps is the fact that they could easily access them with just a single click. Rather than bringing up the Search menu and finding that app or heading over to its installation directory, you could directly launch them from the Desktop itself.

Web Browser Shortcuts on Windows Desktops screen

In this regard, it’s hard to argue that Web Browsers might be among the most frequently used apps on your Windows PC. So it only makes sense to have their shortcut on the desktop screen. And most of these browsers do indeed provide an option of shortcut creation when you are about to install them.

But what if you didn’t check-marked this option at the time of installation? Or even if you did, you have removed it from the desktop and now wish to get it back?

Well, in any of these scenarios, this guide is here to help you out. Given here are the detailed steps to add browser desktop shortcuts on your Windows PC.

Related: How to Add Site Shortcut Link on Windows Desktop?

Follow along for the detailed instructions —

Add Browser Shortcut on Windows Desktop

Before we start off with the guide, there’s an important thing that we would like to draw your attention towards. In Windows, there exist two different types of apps: Modern Apps and Desktop App. The former are the ones that came preinstalled on your PC.

Keeping our focus on the browser domain, you could count Microsoft Edge Legacy and Internet Explorer as Modern Apps. On the other hand, Desktop Apps are the ones that you have manually downloaded from the web. Again, limiting it to the browser segment, Google Chrome, Firefox, and Edge Chromium are some popular names.

We bought up this topic here because the steps are different when it comes to creating desktop shortcuts for the Modern App and Desktop App Browsers. We have listed instructions for both of them under separate sections, refer to the one that meets your requirements.

Browser Shortcut for Desktop Apps

Just to reiterate the facts, this section deals with Desktop Apps browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, among others that are treated as user-installed.

Here are the steps to create a desktop shortcut for the web browser on Windows:

  1. Head over to the Start menu.
  2. Search for the app of your choice. (Say, Google Chrome)
  3. Right-click on its name label, and select Open File Location from the quick menu.
    Open File Location menu option in WindowsYou shall now be taken to the directory where all the Start Menu’s programs and their shortcut are kept. This location shall be:

    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs
  4. Scroll to Google Chrome’s icon chrome-logo (or the browser of your choice) and right-click to select Create shortcut option.
    Create Shortcut menu option for Windows Chrome App
  5. Hit on the Yes command button.
    Do you want to create desktop shortcut

That’s it. The shortcut for Chrome will now be created over to the desktop. Along the same lines, you could also create shortcuts for other browsers that you have manually downloaded from the web such as Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge Chromium, etc.

Browser Shortcut for Modern Apps

When it comes to modern apps such as the legacy build of Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer, then you wouldn’t be able to create their shortcut via the aforementioned instructions. This is because these app icons aren’t present inside the Programs folder, and you would have to take a separate route to access them.

Here are the steps to create desktop shortcuts for modern legacy browser apps:

  1. Launch Run dialog box via Windows + R shortcut keys.
  2. Type in cmd in the box and hit Enter on keyboard.
    This shall launch the Command Prompt.
  3. Execute the below command in the CMD prompt window:
    explorer shell:AppsFolder

    Windows Command Prompt to open Apps Folder

    You should be taken to the Applications folder.

  4. Select the browser of your choice (say, Edge Legacy edge logo).
  5. Right-click for a quick menu, and choose Create shortcut option.
    Create Shortcut for Windows Modern App Edge Legacy
  6. Hit on the Yes command button.
    Create Microsoft Edge Modern App Desktop Shortcut

This will create the browser shortcut for Microsoft Edge legacy. You can similarly create the desktop shortcut for Internet explorer. You can also use the same method for creating a desktop shortcut for desktop apps like Chrome, Edge, Firefox, etc.

Bottom Line: Windows Desktop Shortcut of Browsers

So with this, we conclude the guide on how to add browser desktop shortcuts on Windows. We have listed the steps for both the Modern Legacy and Desktop Apps.

With that said, it had been much easier if Windows had provided the option of creating these shortcuts right from the Start menu itself, something that it does for pinning apps in Start as well as the Taskbar.

But since there exists no such option, the aforementioned steps are the only way forward. You can also drag these shortcuts to the taskbar for creating one-click taskbar shortcut icons.

Related: How to Create Web Shortcut Link for Safari Mac Desktop?

Rounding off, do let us know in the comments section if you have any queries concerning the just-concluded instructions.

Lastly, here are the recommended web browsers for your computer and mobile phone that you should give a try.

WindowsMacOSiOSAndroidLinux
Chrome WindowsChrome MacChrome iOSChrome AndroidFirefox Linux
Firefox WindowsSafari MacSafari iOSEdge AndroidChrome Linux
Edge WindowsFirefox MacEdge iOSSamsung InternetEdge Linux

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