How to Create Web Shortcut Link for Safari Mac Desktop?

Learn how to create a website shortcut links on desktop home screen from Safari computer. One click on the shortcut link will open directly on Safari Mac.

The shortcuts are probably the most helpful feature for every browser. It helps in easing the task and making things happen instantly. I also published a blog post about the safari keyboard shortcut that can further improve productivity.

The other day I was working on a website that needed feature launching of the development site. I had to open the Safari browser and type in the site URL to open the sites. I thought of looking for an option that will help me quickly launch the sites with just one click.

Unfortunately, there is no built-in feature within the Safari browser to create a website shortcut link on the desktop screen. However, I figured out that a simple drag-and-drop can help in creating a link.

Related: How to Shortcut Link and Add to Home Screen in Safari iOS/iPadOS?

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

How to Create Desktop Shortcut Link in Safari Mac?

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

Here are the steps on how to create a website shortcut on Mac Safari:

  1. Launch the Apple Safari browser 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 will instantly create a Mac desktop shortcut link with file extension .WEBLOC. Now, when you double-click the next time to open this shortcut link, the website will be automatically loaded in the Safari browser.

If you’ve set Chrome browser as the default browser in Mac computer, then the shortcut link will open in chrome browser instead of Safari. So make sure to set the correct default browser on a mac computer.

Bottom Line: Safari Mac Desktop Shortcut Link

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

Like 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.

I’ve already created the shortcut link for my blog and also a few sites that I frequently visit. The Mac desktop shortcut helps in many ways but sometimes it makes the home screen cluttered. In that case, I create link bookmarks within the Safari browser.

You can similarly, create the site link shortcut on Safari iPhone or iPad home screen. The shortcut links help in quick accessing just like a desktop browser.

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

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