Help With Blogging: Create a shortcut to a webpage

Help With Blogging: Create a shortcut to a webpage

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Sometimes you want to quickly and easily create a shortcut on your desktop from your browser.

For example, not sure about you but when I’m researching for an article or post I sometimes get disrupted or I don’t want to lose the site I’m looking at and want to be able to quickly refer back to it.

In the past I’ve bookmarked a site, or sent the link to myself via email or put the link in a notepad file in the research folder for the project.

Having a system when researching is efficient … and this post might become part of your new system.

Getting quickly to a place on the web is made easier with this trick (hat tip to Dave Lynch for sparking this post idea!). Here’s how to do it.

Chrome:

  1. click on the triple bar icon to the far right of the browser screen
  2. select ‘Tools’
  3. select ‘Create application shortcuts’
  4. decide where to save – desktop, taskbar or start menu

Firefox:

  1. look to the left of the url address
  2. click and hold the icon next to the address url
  3. drag the icon to your desktop

Internet Explorer:

  1. open web page
  2. right click on page
  3. select ‘Create shortcut’

Alternatives:

  1. navigate to webpage and press ‘Ctrl S’ then save to desktop, or elsewhere
  2. simply bookmark it -ideal if you don’t intend to use the shortcut often
  3. email a link to yourself – handy if you find the link while you’re away from your writing space
  4. use a tool – create a shortcut to the tool on your desktop and save the page in your tool
    • Pocket
    • Evernote
    • Delicious
    • Pinterest
    • your service of choice

How do you save links for research and other purposes?

4 thoughts on “Help With Blogging: Create a shortcut to a webpage

  1. Thanks for this. I knew that I could do more with Chrome but have never known how to get started.

    I tend to save url links in an email so that I can get to it whereever I am.

    Thanks for the alternative shortcuts.

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