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Create a Desktop Shortcut of a Browser app on Windows PC

The desktop shortcut helps quickly launch the applications without needing to find them under the Start menu or programs folder.

We can create the browser application shortcut and place it on the desktop screen.

In this guide, I have shared written instruction about:

Creating a Browser’s Desktop Shortcut on Window

We need to find the executable file of the browser applications or the existing shortcut that can be added to the desktop screen. Here are the steps to follow:

  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 WindowsIt will open Start Menu’s programs directory where all shortcut are added. 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

The shortcut for Chrome will now be created over to the desktop. Along the same lines, you could create shortcuts for other browsers installed on your Windows machine.

Bottom Line

We can create the application shortcut for all the browser installed on our Windows system and place them on the desktop screen or even add them to task bar.

Web Browser Shortcuts on Windows Desktops screen

These steps even work for the other applications and program installed on your system.

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Note: Deleting the shortcuts won’t uninstall the browser application, however, uninstall the application will remove it’s desktop shortcut.

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Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza is a Google Certified Analytics & IT Professional, Digital Content Creator, and Go-To Digital Marketer with an Engineering Degree. He has over a decade of experience solving tech problems, troubleshooting, and innovating digital solutions. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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