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How to Create Shortcut and Add to Desktop in Edge Computer?

Edge Browser is one of the most updated and the latest browser loaded with lots of features to enhance the user experience. Similarly, if a user wants to create the shortcut and add it to the Desktop then Edge Browser helps them out. For this, you need to launch the site that you want to add in shortcuts and hit on the three dots at the top right corner of Edge Computer, and select More Tools. Now, customize the link title and click on Pin. 

When we install any software or program on our machine, it typically ends up creating a shortcut link to the program. The shortcut link will eliminate the process to search the program’s executable file within our machine, hence with a single click you can just launch the program at ease.

Similarly, you can also create shortcut links to the frequently visited website or your online program that your business relies on and add them to the home screen or desktop. When you open the shortcut with a double-click, it will automatically launch the Microsoft Edge program app and also load the website page that you’ve created as a shortcut.

While I type on my blog right now, a thought crosses my mind. What if I had access to WordPress from my homepage? imagine the time and effort that it can save. Well, I have to type and search through history to launch the website I frequently work on. The process is tedious and irritating. Hence, I decided to find a solution. the only solution was, to edge create a desktop shortcut!

Related: How to Add Link on Home Screen with Edge Android?

You can move your shortcut link from the desktop to any folder or even delete it without touching the edge browser settings. It’s easy to create and even simpler to manage.

How to Create a Shortcut and Add to Desktop on Edge?

Creating a shortcut can make things very convenient for you since it will save a lot of time and energy that is wasted in searching for your desired website.

Here are the quick steps to create a Microsoft edge desktop shortcut:

  1. Launch the Microsoft Edge browser on Computer.
  2. Open the website that you want to send to your other devices.
  3. Click on horizontal 3dots icon menu for options.
  4. Hover on the More Tools option from the list.
  5. Click on the Pin to Finder command option.
  6. Customize the link title if required in the popup dialog box.
  7. Hit on the Pin command button.
  8. A shortcut link will be created in the Edge Apps folder, simply drag and drop the link on the desktop folder.

Microsoft Edge Pin to Finder Shortcut link on Mac Computer

This will create a shortcut link and place it on the desktop screen with a hyperlink. When you double-click the shortcut, it will automatically open the website link on the Edge browser.

A similar create shortcut link will be available in the Windows OS machine as well.

Bottom Line: Microsoft Edge Desktop Shortcut

The Microsoft edge desktop shortcut is a fantastic feature that lets you place your frequently visited website on the home screen for easy access. You will not waste your time searching for your desired websites now.

It helped me a lot since I could access my blogging website with just a click now. The time that I spent searching and typing while I found my website can now be utilized in writing more blogs. I can not be more thankful for the edge shortcut on the desktop.

Similarly, we can also add the shortcut link from Edge Android on the home screen. One tap on this home screen link will load the site directly on the Edge browser.

I hope you find the Microsoft edge desktop shortcut feature helpful and it makes your work easier! You can create a shortcut link to any site that you frequently visit.

FAQs: Create and Add Shortcuts in Edge Computer

Now, let us go through some frequently asked questions regarding how to create and add shortcuts in Edge Computer.

How to create and Add shortcuts in Edge Computer?

Launch the site that you want to add in shortcuts and hit on the three dots at the top right corner of Edge Computer and select More Tools. Now, customize the link title and click on Pin.

Will the shortcut redirect me to the Edge Browser?

Yes, as soon as you double-click the created shortcut, you will be redirected to the site in the Edge browser.

How to rename the Desktop Shortcut of Edge Browser?

Single Click on the shortcut that has been created on the desktop and rename the shortcut to whatever you wish to.

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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12 thoughts on “How to Create Shortcut and Add to Desktop in Edge Computer?”

  1. Marie Munday

    Pin to Finder doesn’t exist on my computer.

  2. Don’t know what version of Microsoft Edge you are using, but as Marie stated, “Pin to Finder” does not exist. There is a “Pin to Taskbar”, but this still doesn’t place the favorite as a shortcut on the desktop. As of this writing on November 22, 2020, I am using v87.0.664.41 which is currently the latest official build. Despite the information here that won’t get results, you can still place your favorite bookmarks onto your desktop without too much trouble. Here’s how:

    1. Launch Microsoft Edge (the new Chromium version – these steps won’t work for the old version if you still have it)
    2. In the address bar, enter the following command/address to “Manage favorites”:

    edge://favorites/

    3. Your page will now look similar to File Explorer. All you need to do is navigate to the favorite you created, click on it, and drag it to your desktop. The favorite will remain within Microsoft Edge once you perform this action.

    Three steps – that’s it! You are done.

    1. Prakhar

      WELL HERE’S A TIP->
      If you want to create a shortcut for a website like “YouTube” or “WhatsApp”, then instead of adding them to your favorite you can use them like apps with different windows instead of a shortcut with a link that again opens in the browser and not directly. It also does not has its own icon.
      1.) Just click on ‘apps’ from the 3-dot menu when you visit the website.
      2.) Then click on ‘Install this site as an app’ and install it.
      Now the website would be opened in its own private window and would also show on the taskbar after you minimize it. Don’t forget to pin to use it directly afterward.
      Your shortcut is created and you can now drag the website from the ‘apps’ to your desktop.
      Now for the “App” thing:
      The desktop shortcut app version of the website might be still looking like a link. Worries not, just follow the steps. Rest assured.
      3.) Right-click on the website in the ‘app’ and choose ‘create shortcut option’.
      4.) A small window will appear with two dialog boxes asking for the “pin app to” ‘Desktop’ and ‘Start menu’ options. Check both of them as your choice.
      And now your website’s app version (or more like a shortcut but with “app” like feel) is created on your Desktop and also on the Start menu

  3. Jacob

    @Brad
    Thank you! The article didn’t work at all for me, but your comment did. Thanks again!

    1. Editor Staff

      That’s probably because the Pin to Finder is available on Edge browser for Mac! Perhaps, Brad’s suggestion should be quite helpful.

      1. I’m using the new Edge browser on a Windows 10 computer. This would explain why “Pin to Finder” doesn’t exist for some of us. The process is slightly different for anyone using Windows. The instructions I posted earlier will still work for Windows users. It’s now June 3, 2021, and I’m using Edge v91.0.864.37.

      2. anthony goffe

        there is no “PIN TO FINDER” ON EDGE “MORE TOOLS” !!

      3. The absolute easiest way I have found to create a desktop shortcut is this:
        [TLDR: Make sure your browser window is small enough to also see your desktop. Drag the Padlock icon in the left corner of the address bar out of your browser window and drop it onto your desktop. That’s it.]

        Detailed Instructions:
        1.) Click on the “Restore Down” icon in the very upper right corner of the browser (the overlapping square icon to the very left of the red x “Close” icon). The browser window should now be small enough so that the desktop is also visible behind it. (If the browser window is still too large and the desktop is still not visible, resize the browser window by dragging the edge/corner.)
        2.) In the left corner of the address bar (to the left of the URL; to the right of the “Home” icon) there is a Padlock icon (or in some cases, a warning triangle and the text “Not secure”). (If you hover over the icon with your cursor, it should highlight grey and display the text “view site information”.) Click and hold that icon, then drag it out of the browser window and drop it onto your desktop. You now have a shortcut to that webpage.

        1. jabberwolf

          YOU WIN !! This is WAAAAAAY EASIER !!!

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