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How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop?

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How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? vmars 7/18/09 4:55 PM
I need to get hold of individual URLshortcuts to save as icons in Folders.
This is the default in IExplorer.
How do I do it in Chrome?
Thanks..vm
Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? wár17 § 7/18/09 8:30 PM
Is the URL already a shortcut?  Or do you want to make the URL a shortcut from Desktop?

If you asking about the latter, save the URL as a bookmark. Then drag the bookmark to the Desktop as a shortcut.
Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? Thomas J Thomas 7/19/09 4:41 AM
Vmars you wont get a better answer than War 17 answer, but just to make it extra clear

Save Page URL As A Bookmark
Then Go To The Customise And Control Google Chrome (The Spanner Icon Top Right)
Then Open Bookmark Manger
Right Click Your Chosen URL
And Copy And Paste As A SHORTCUT To The Desktop Or Any Folder You Want
And Hey Presto You Have Your Icon And Shortcut.


A Separate And Clever Trick Is To
Open Bookmark Manger As Before
Then Open Tools (Top Left Of The Bookmark Manger Page)
Then EXPORT  Bookmarks And Save In A Folder
It Will Be Saved As A HTML Icon With A List Of ALL Your Bookmarks (However You Wont Have The Icon's To Your Bookmarks.)

Finally You Mention A Default With Internet Explorer
If You Mean The Favourites Folder C Drive Path Such As

C:\Documents and Settings\(Your User Name)\ Favourites

Where You Can Find All Internet Explorer Bookmarks As Icons.......!

Then I Sadly Have To Tell You That Google Chrome Does Not Seem To Have This Default Feature, But niether does Firefox Or Opera I Think This Feature Is Unique To Internet Explorer But Here Is Google Chrome's Path (Check For Your Self)

PLEASE NOTE ALL PATHS ARE FOR WINDOWS XP NOT VISTA

C:\Documents and Settings\{your user name}\Local Settings\Application Data \Google\Chrome\User Data\Default"

But I Can't Even Find A Program To Open Any Files In There

Hope This Reply Is Useful And Erm, Does Anyone Else Find It Funny That Google Chrome's Internal Spell Check Thinks Google Is Spelt Wrong (lol twice)
Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? DesignByOnyx 8/26/09 7:06 PM
I believe the feature that vmars is looking for is the ability to grab the favicon in IE's address bar and drag it to your desktop or folder to create a shortcut.  Chrome has this ability (as do most browsers), but with Chrome you must grab the star in the address bar (since there is no favicon in this location).

Unfortunately (or maybe not), the shortcut will open your default browser, no matter if you used IE, Chrome, Firefox to create the shortcut... whenever you click on one of these shortcuts, it will open in your default browser.  Cheers.
Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? vlebaron 10/31/09 12:59 PM
desighbyonyx, definitely has the best answer.
Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? JohnK300 11/6/09 7:13 PM
Oh, I get it (after a bit of experimentation)!  To save a shortcut to the current page, just drag and drop the little star on the left of the address bar to the desktop or wherever.  Very cute, but not at all obvious.
Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? hazaelox 2/23/10 7:53 PM
how do u do it in chrome for mac, i have Chrome 5.0.307.9 beta... maybe this version cant do that .. yet... am i answering myself? lol
Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? chillannyc 2/24/10 7:35 AM
Yeah, doesn't seem to work on mac. :( One of the little things that is making Chrome less than ideal for me. It does work to drag from the bookmark bar though.
Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? chillannyc 2/24/10 7:39 AM
Also, if you're going to the desired page via a link, you can drag the link into the Finder
Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? Rod_J 3/28/10 4:38 AM
Yes, DesignBYOnyx's reply was what I was looking for too. Many times I want to create a temporary link to a page I want to return to the next day and a quick method of bookmarking to the desktop is what I want to be able to do. I used to be able to do that by selecting the text in the address bar and dragging that to the desktop (in Windows XP) but now I am using Ubuntu Linux it doesn't work. But dragging the star icon does work in Linux.
Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? kleight 4/6/10 7:27 PM
Would really appreciate it if the star-dragging would work on a Mac. I use this feature in Firefox all the time. I love Chrome, but will have to go back to FF if I have to save a bookmark first before I can drag a shortcut to the desktop.
Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? RabidTribble 4/7/10 9:01 AM
In Windows, you really don't need to make bookmark or favorite at all.

All you need to do is right-click on the Desktop, Select 'New' and then 'Shortcut,' and a 'Create Shortcut' dialog box will open.

Type (or paste) the URL in the 'Type the location of the item:' box, and select Next

Give the shortcut a name, and you are done.  Totally browser-independent.
Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? rlewisrn 5/27/10 4:24 PM
On a Mac, just highlight the web address in the chrome browser and then you can drag the highlighted address onto the desktop. This will make an icon on the desktop for that web address as in IE or Firefox.
Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? anotherscott 5/28/10 6:26 AM
rlewisrn is correct BUT the file name reflects the URL, unlike a drag from Safari where the file name reflects the title of the page, which is much more useful.

In general, saving is an area where Chrome still lags far behind Safari.

* saved pages do not include the "Where From" attribute, so unlike Safari, you can't select Get Info on the file to locate the original URL of where the saved file came from

* saving pages as HTML instead of full archive cannot be set as the default but must be chosen each time

* saving pages as full archive creates a file plus a folder with a ton of support files, instead of a single web archive file

* and as stated above, saving a URL to the desktop is a more awkward, less obvious procedure (needing to select and grab the entire URL) and results in a file that is likely to have a less useful if not downright cryptic name

I actually prefer Chrome over Safari for browsing, but it is frustrating how much less functional it is once I browse to something I actually care about and want to save!
Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? doug.holton 8/14/10 9:37 PM
Yeah this was driving me crazy in Ubuntu.  It was the main blocker that prevented me from using Chrome.  I have to be able to drag urls into folders to create shortcuts.

The bookmark trick does work.  You save the page as a bookmark, then open the bookmarks manager and you can drag the bookmark to your folder or desktop (I hold down control and shift key to make sure it doesn't copy, have to do this in firefox, too).

But an even quicker way is to control-H to open your browser history, and then just drag the url from there instead.  No bookmarking required.
Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? regordrawes 12/30/10 6:41 AM
Thanks for all theinfo in this thread.
However the icon from the site does not follow the link. I end up with a Google icon not the site icon.
As a partially sighted person this is confusing with only Chrome icons on the desktop.
Anyone help?  Thanks
Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? kellykellykellyyyy 1/26/11 7:06 PM
I have the same question as barntwit - no problem dropping shortcuts to desktop or folders yet only get the Google icon, not the site icon.  Help please.  Thanks.
Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? Boogiemann 4/14/11 11:23 AM
Click the wrench icon.
Select "Tools"
From the expanded menu, select "Create Application Shortcuts..."

I have this setup for GMail.  Works great!
Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? bcsinc54 5/22/11 4:57 AM
Re: SAVING SHORTCUT TO DESKTOP in GOOGLE CHROME

Google team think they are smart - but the so many steps you have to take to save a page to the desktop is absolutely RIDICULOUS.  It's like scratching your right side of the head with your left hand.  Internet Explorer has it on Files drop-down. Simple and fast. That proves that Microsoft still has a little more brains than Google.
Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? Kev007 7/13/11 4:04 AM
There's actually a very simple way to do this. Drag and drop the little globe in the left side of the address bar to your desktop, Chrome will place a .url file there. The same can be done by clicking the URL once (so that it's highlighted) and drag it to your desktop (or folder of choice)

What my problem is is that Chrome won't open these files. Anyone else have this problem?
Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? Taylor5 7/25/11 2:56 PM
Hi Kev007,

What happens when you try to open the URL shortcut? 
Have you tried this with different url's? (please list the ones you've tried). 
What's your computer's operating system?
Chrome version (type about:version into address bar)?

Thanks,
Taylor

Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? Kev007 7/25/11 8:22 PM
I just made a shortcut of this page and when I double click it, the following text appears in a new tab (rather than the webpage itself):

[InternetShortcut]
URL=http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Chrome/thread?fid=4c3a7bd13c630eaa0004a8ebe37796a4&hl=en

This happens with every page I've tried (a dozen ranging from eBay to YouTube). I'm running Google Chrome 12.0.742.122 (Official Build 91910) on Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit.

The funny thing is, while double clicking doesn't work, dragging and dropping the .url file into Chrome does!
Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? whiskeyprincess 8/25/11 10:45 PM
It is simply ridiculous to NOT have a right-click option to save the page to the desktop. This is a non-starter for a lot of people. Dragging the icon to the desktop works but you have to MINIMIZE the browser window to make room to drag the icon to the desktop. One out of the 3 times you'll end up click the X and close the page out instead of Minimizing the page. It's ignorant to have to play with minimizing just to make a desktop shortcut of a page.
Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? dleedham 8/29/11 3:41 AM
So long as Chrome doesn't have a File/Send to..... option it will never rival IE or FF no matter how much better it is in other respects.
A quick, minimum click, way of emailing a URL or shortcutting to the desktop is essential.  Wake up Google!
Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? iReece2k 9/9/11 8:38 AM
There is a way to save a webpage link to the desktop via Chrome.

go onto the webpage you wish to save, and click on the tool icon. Then, click on "tools">>"Create Application Shortcut"
Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? dreamerbyday 11/7/11 12:07 PM
Just go to the google chrome icon in your start menu, left click on it and keep holding down the left button (it will say pin to start menu) keep holding the left button and drag it to where you want it! easy!
Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? Taylor5 11/7/11 3:06 PM
Hi guys, 

See Reference 1 for more info on how to create an Application Shortcut on your desktop - which iReece2k mentioned above (thanks, iReece2k!). Note that this feature is only available on Windows/Linux.

Taylor


Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? phonemanlarry 11/15/11 2:31 PM
I don't know how I did it, but I am trying to duplicate this.  I was on an Amazon page in Chrome, I closed the browser, a little windows copy shortcut (XP) popped up, and created a shortcut with the Chrome emblem on my desktop.  It takes me back to the Amazon site.  I love this, but how did I do it?
Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? phonemanlarry 11/15/11 2:50 PM
Been playing and playing with this, cannot figure out how I did it.
Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? Taylor5 11/16/11 4:53 PM
Hey phonoemanlarry,

Do you mean that when you open Chrome by double-clicking the Chrome icon on your desktop, you're automatically taken to Amazon.com? If that's the case, follow these steps:

1) Go to wrench > Options > Basics.
2) In the On startup section, click Open the following pages:
3) Type Amazon.com into the box

See Reference 1 for more info.

Taylor
Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? drummerguy 12/6/11 8:34 PM
Had the same problem. Easiest answer is open the page in IE, save it as an icon to desktop and all done...
Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? slidefox 2/14/12 9:30 AM
click on address bar and then drag highlighted URL to your desktop. done!
Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? elko69 3/9/12 11:44 AM
It amazes me that the people at Chrome cannot design a browser that functions similarly to IE. There you just right click, choose the make a short-cut and you are done. I am dumbfounded that they can't figure this out. And several steps to print selected text. This program needs a lot of revision if they want to compete.
Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? wár17 § 3/9/12 11:49 AM
elko69, Chrome does not want to be another IE.  What slidefox said is alot easier intuitively that what you said.
Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? AliasDidge 3/25/12 9:25 AM
Is there any way you can do it in Vista then?
Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? HannahS2791 4/27/12 5:32 AM
I thought I'd add a new reply to this as Google search still shows this thread very high up on the search results for anybody looking for the answer! I'm assuming that an update was also needed as the simple answer to this query doesn't tie up with the original replies!
To save a URL as a shortcut you need to restore down your Google Chrome window so you can move it around to see the desktop or your chosen folder behind it. Highlight the whole URL and drag it to the desktop or folder which will create an instant shortcut on your computer.
Trying to drag the Star icon for bookmarking does not work.
Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? lee898 5/17/12 3:54 AM
In Win7 you just need to right-click the desktop, select New >> Shortcut and paste/type the URL into the field, add a name for the shortcut and your done. The shortcut URL, with the Browser icon will be displayed on the desktop.
Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? KUKOO 6/6/12 10:31 PM
WERE IS MY ULR SITE
Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? Taylor5 6/18/12 6:35 PM
Hi Kukoo,

Can you clarify your question so I recommend an appropriate solution?

Cheers,
Taylor
Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? BulldogX 7/17/12 7:29 PM
I have the very same problem and it is maddening. What's more, it's not only desktop shortcuts (.url) that are affected...the same problem plagues .lnk shortcuts, if they point to a web page

Here is my workaround:
1- I click on the shortcut.
2- Chrome opens, shows the URL in the omnibox, and does nothing else. The little semi-circle just spins.
3- WORKAROUND: I drag the 'globe' to the new tab button and drop it there. The page opens.

What really bothers me about this is that Chrome used to open .url shortcuts just fine; it's only been the last three months or so that I experience this problem. Looks like there's no solution, unless Google decides to do something about it.

Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? hornlo 9/5/12 10:38 AM
Chrome 20.0.1132.57, Fedora 14 linux

In Firefox you can drag URL from address bar to desktop or into a folder to create either a *copy* of the page OR a *link* to the page.

However, in Chrome, you can only drag a copy of content, to save as a file.  You *can* drag a link from bookmarks or history to the desktop, but that turns a simple drag-and-drop procedure which I use quite often into an elaborate multi-step process.

Are there any plans for Chrome to support dragging link to desktop / folder?

Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? 01skiller 9/17/12 8:51 AM
Open Your Browser.

Choose the website that you want to make it a shortcut
and copy the url.

go to your desktop and mouse right click.

choose new then shortcut.

past url website on the form that shown to you
then click next.

finally writen shortcut name and click finish.

thanks for reading guys ;)

Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? Ray@hk 9/24/12 6:20 AM
i think it is too inconvenience to just add a shortcut to desktop. too bad!
Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? caver_tim 9/24/12 7:13 AM
Ray,
have you tried dragging the URL to the desktop?
Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? Other_Me 9/29/12 9:17 AM
In Chrome, you just click on the URL and drag it to your desktop. A retarded monkey could do it.
Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? John Staig 11/21/12 3:23 PM
copy or type the URL then head to your desktop and right click anywhere on the desk top.

Then click NEW/SHORTCUT, paste/type or browse(if you have it saved )the URL the follow the on-screen instructions, the shortcut will then appear on your desktop

Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? Joy V. 1/25/13 4:28 PM
Thank you! This was the most simplest and straight forward answer that answered the question.

Signed
A Windows User

Re: How do I save a url shortcut to the desktop? el4 3/27/13 5:51 PM
I just figured this out for myself and it wasn't from any help given here.  It would certainly help if some of the morons here calling us the morons could give detailed, explicit instructions like this:

1.  Open the website in chrome you want to make a desktop link to
2.  Left-Click the favicon equivalent (the picture of the piece of paper on the       address bar just left of the url (that is missing http://www.)
3.  While still holding down the left-click on the target, drag-n-drop it from the address bar to your desktop

This procedure is identical to that used in IE except you LEFT-CLICK-DRAG-N-DROP NOT right-click-drag-n-drop the link from the address bar.

Hope this helps the next person.

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