I’m used to just dragging the address off the address bar to create Web shortcuts on my Desktop. But Edge won’t let me in Windows 10. Help! How do I create new Web page shortcuts in Windows??
The change from Microsoft Internet Explorer to Microsoft Edge has generally been a really good thing. Not many people were sad when MSIE ended up as simply a part of computer history after years of it being problematic for so, so many Web site designers and online companies. Just about everything’s better in MS Edge with Windows 10 – particularly the latest release! – and there’s not much reason to look back at all. Except, as it happens, with Web shortcuts.
For reasons I cannot explain, Microsoft decided that people didn’t actually use Shortcuts and just axed that functionality right out of the Edge application. What’s odd is that it’s based on Google Chrome (well, Chromium) and Chrome for Windows does include drag-to-make-shortcut functionality. But sure enough. Microsoft Edge no longer lets you drag and drop to create shortcuts.
In fact, if you try, you just get a red ‘no’ symbol for your efforts that vanishes once you release the mouse button:
To create Web shortcuts now, you can either use a different Web browser or you can use the Shortcut creation tool built into Windows 10. Since it’s likely you’ve never done the latter, let’s do just that. It’s easy.
Simply right click anywhere on your Desktop and choose New > Shortcut:
That pops up a window with a skeleton of a Web shortcut. You’ll have to do the work of specifying the associated URL, but that’s okay. You’ll start out with this:
Now pop over to Edge and copy the page Web address from the address bar. Once it’s in the copy/paste buffer, click back to the Create Shortcut window and simply paste in the URL (Control-V or Edit > Paste):
For this demo, I’m using the MSN soccer news page https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/soccer
Once you’ve typed in or pasted in the Web page address, click on Next to get to the shortcut naming screen:
You can see I’m giving my own Web page shortcut the mnemonic name of MSN Soccer. A click on Finish and I have a new icon on my Windows Desktop:
But while we’re at it, let’s change that icon. You can’t pick an arbitrary picture but there are a lot of built-in icons from which to choose (most of which are kind of old school office images). Right click on the new Shortcut and you’ll get this:
No big surprise; click or tap on Change Icon… and you can pick from the gallery of images shown. I’ll pick a star since there’s no soccer ball. The results are lookin’ good:
And that’s how it’s done. Now a simple click or tap and the MSN Soccer News page pops right up in Microsoft Edge:
So it’s a bit more tedious than just dragging and dropping onto the Desktop, but since you probably aren’t creating shortcuts a dozen times each day, it’s definitely doable and being able to customize the icon is just a nice little bonus. Now about the latest soccer news…
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