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Create Web Shortcut Link on Desktop using Safari on Mac

Do you want to create site shortcut links on the desktop screen from Safari on your Mac? Learn how to drag and drop site addresses for desktop shortcuts.

Creating a web shortcut link for Safari Mac Desktop is the best way to save time and get quickly to the site you want to surf. In the case of the Safari browser, you can drag and drop the website link from the URL bar to the desktop screen. The shortcut link will be created immediately and will automatically open Safari.

Create Shortcut Link on Safari browser

Shortcuts are probably the most helpful feature for every browser. It helps in easing the task and makes things happen instantly.

Unfortunately, the Safari browser has no built-in feature to create a website shortcut link on the desktop screen. However, I realized that a simple drag-and-drop could help create a link.

Let’s get started with the process of creating a website shortcut link on the Safari browser on a Mac computer:

Create Desktop Shortcut Link

Safari does not have built-in support to create a shortcut link on the desktop home screen. However, we can use the URL drag-and-drop feature to set a Mac desktop shortcut. Here are the steps to do:

  1. Launch the Apple Safari on a computer.
  2. Open the website that you want to create as a desktop shortcut.
  3. Resize the Safari browser window to make the desktop screen visible.
  4. Click on the URL bar and select the complete URL.
    Drag and Drop Safari Link on Mac Home Screen
  5. Drag and drop the URL text from the URL bar to the Mac desktop screen.
    Create Apple Safari Page URL Shortcut Link

This instantly creates a Mac desktop shortcut link with file extension .WEBLOC. When you double-click to open this shortcut link the next time, the website will be automatically loaded in the Safari browser.

If you’ve set any other default browser on a Mac computer, the shortcut link will open in the same browser instead of Safari. So make sure to set the correct default browser on a Mac computer.

Bottom Line

The Mac desktop shortcut links are a great way to quickly access your favorite sites with a single click without searching for the website. Though Safari does not officially support this feature, a simple drag-and-drop feature on the Mac desktop can create a shortcut.

As I mentioned, you need to set the default browser as Safari in case you need to open the link within the Safari browser. Else the .WEBLOC link will open in the current default browser.

The Mac desktop shortcut helps in many ways but sometimes clutches the home screen.

You can, similarly, create the site shortcut on the iPhone home screen using Safari. The shortcut links help with quick access, just like a desktop browser.

Let us know if you’ve created shortcut links on the desktop screen. What is the most visited shortcut you’ve created on the Safari browser?

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Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza

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

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