How to Create Desktop Shortcuts for Web Pages Using Chrome

Everyone has a favorite web page that they navigate to as soon as they open their web browser. Whether it’s Facebook, Tumblr or your most beloved tech site (this one) we all have that one page that we consider more important than the rest.

But opening our browser and clicking the bookmark to our beloved David Hasselhoff fan page is so time consuming. We want to known what’s happening in the Hoff’s life now, not two seconds from now.

Thankfully, Google’s Chrome allows you to create application shortcuts for your favorite web pages that can be added directly to your desktop, start menu or taskbar, letting you jump from your desktop to a web page in one click.

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  1. Navigate to your favorite page and click the wrench icon in the right corner of the screen.

  2.  Scroll down to Tools and select Create Application Shortcuts.


  3.  From the dialogue box, choose whether you want the shortcut to appear on your Desktop, in your Start menu or pinned to your Taskbar. 


  4. Click create and your shortcut will appear.
It’s worth pointing out that pages opened using shortcuts are stripped of the traditional navigation tools including a browser bar. 

You can, however, click the top left corner of the screen and select Open Browser Window to open a new window in Chrome.
Daniel P. Howley
Daniel P. Howley
A newspaper man at heart, Dan Howley wrote for Greater Media Newspapers before joining He also served as a news editor with ALM Media’s Law Technology News, and he holds a B.A. in English from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
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  1. Phil Says:

    Sorry. My Chrome does not have a wrench icon.

  2. Matt Says:

    On some versions of chrome the “wrench” is a button with 3 horizontal lines. The button is found in the right hand corner and matches the spot in the authors article where the wrench is.

  3. elly Says:

    There is a way to create your shortcut to have it open the browser with url and buttons.

    After you created your shortcut.
    Right click on the icon you created on your desktop and select properties.
    In the target part find “–app=http://….” and REMOVE only “–app=”. Press apply and ok.

    Now clicking the icon will open your website in the chrome browser

  4. master Says:

    Thanks, Elly I was looking to create shortcut with chrome browser which i manage to do after following the steps given by you.

  5. Trina Says:

    VERY useful STUFF! I kept hitting ‘save as’ in the drop down and it was causing my desktop AND files to fill up with JUNK and multiple folders/pages! THANKS SO VERY MUCH! AND to the person who said ‘remove the app from the target!’ very brilliant! :)

  6. jj Says:

    much easier way, say you Google search e bay or face book , from the search page just grab it and pull it to your desktop,it creates the shortcut, you can then pin them to your browser icon in the task bar so when you right click on say chrome all your shortcuts are there . Way easier than all the steps above :)

  7. Ronna Says:

    When i click on the wrench i get “your toolbar comes with these cool preselected apps” then lists twitter, facebook etc— it is in a blue and grey frame-how do it get the options that you are showing?

  8. JerryD Says:

    People keep singing the praises of Chrome but wow this is a ridiculous process for a simple shortcut. Know what you gotta do in IE??? Right Click, ANYWHERE (blank space) on the page and choose Create Shortcut…..what is so hard about this that Chrome and FireFox have to make this such a pain in the butt?

  9. aaalarkin Says:

    what the problem is how to remove/delete desktop shortcut that was created. HOW DO YOU DO THAT?The google tool DID NOT provide menu for reversal (in other words). can you help please. thank you.

  10. Aphrodite Says:

    Thanks Daniel, this is helpful.

  11. Cat Says:

    Thanks. Worked great!!

  12. Cher Says:

    Thank you, you saved me a lot of frustration.

    My screen had the 3 horizontals lines, rather than the wrench symbol, as mentioned by someone else.

  13. Blazoner Says:

    Don’t forget, you can also use tags by adding them to the end of your shortcut.
    For example if you want to run netflix in fullscreen, add –start-fullscreen to the end of the netflix shortcut.
    Happy Computing! :)

  14. Diana Says:

    When I click on the 3 horizontal lines, I do not have Tools – only More Tools. Thus I do not have “Create Application shortcut”, which I want.

  15. Maria Says:


    I just tried it too.
    So I just clicked on “add to taskbar”.

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