How to Drag and Drop Browser Links to Desktop

In four major browsers; Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Safari; on Windows, Mac, and Linux, you can easily drag and drop a shortcut link to a website straight to your desktop.

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RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
JMarch 1, 2022

In four major browsers; Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and Safari; on Windows, Mac, and Linux, you can easily drag and drop a shortcut link to a website straight to your desktop. Let’s see how easily this is done.

This is for PCs, Macs, and web browsers. Screenshots are from Windows 10

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Create Shortcut Using Chrome, Edge, and Firefox

To create a desktop web shortcut, first open a Chrome, Edge, or Firefox browser window and navigate to the site you want to create a shortcut from. In the address bar at the top of the window, click and drag the Padlock icon (located to the left of the address) out of the browser window, or drag and drop the URL address onto your desktop. Refer to the below image:

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Drag to create a shortcut on the desktop

Next, as soon as you click and drag, you will see the title or address of the website besides your pointer. When you are hovering over the desktop, release your mouse button, and a shortcut icon will be created. To use the shortcut, double-click it at any time, and the site will open in your default browser.

This shortcut does not have to stay on your desktop either; you can move it to any folder on your PC.

Create Shortcut Using Safari on Mac

To make a desktop web shortcut on a Mac, first, open a Safari browser window and navigate to the site you want to create a shortcut to.

Next, in that window, hover your mouse cursor over the address bar at the top of the window, and a small Plus (“+”) icon will appear on the far left side. Click and drag the Plus icon onto your desktop and release your mouse or trackpad button. A shortcut icon will appear. See the below image:

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Drag to create a shortcut on Mac

Now, you can double-click the shortcut icon, and your default browser app will open and automatically load the website stored in the link.

By the way, this is not the only drag-and-drop trick you can do with browsers. Most browsers also allow you to drag tabs between open windows of the same browser.

How to Drag Tabs Between Browser Windows

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I am Raymond Oglesby, an Information Technology (IT) specialist with 30 years in the field. I have taught Microsoft Applications and troubleshot computers in 15 countries and many States. My career was focused on mainframes and desktops from application development to implementation. I have written hundreds of programs for various architectures. I decided to start a blog to share my knowledge and experiences with you. I plan on updating this blog at least twice a week about smart phone apps to Windows. Please feel free to leave a Comment or Tweet. I would love to hear from you. Do you have a computer tech question? I will do my best to answer your inquiry. Please mention the app and version that you are using. To help me out, you can send screenshots of your data related to your question.

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