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Google Chrome: Create a Desktop Shortcut

Updated on April 1, 2016

It is not intuitively obvious how to create a shortcut when using Google Chrome. Here is one relatively easy method. Refer to the picture below showing numbered steps. In the example we will create a shortcut for Hubpages while on the Hubpages home page.

  1. Click on symbol in the upper right hand corner (circled in red).
  2. Select "Bookmarks". The boxes will fan out as shown.
  3. Check "Show bookmarks bar", so your new book mark will be visible.
  4. Select "Bookmark this page,,"

Steps 1 to 4

Steps 5 and 6

5. Refer to 2nd picture. As you have chosen to bookmark the page, the confirmation box on right will come up. Hit "Done" and see the bookmark is now visible on left. I have boxed it in red to highlight it.

6. Minimize/reduce the open window so part of the desktop is showing. Now click and drag the bookmark out on to the desktop. The shortcut is completed and can be used.

7. Since you have the shortcut on your desktop, you may no longer need the bookmark on the bookmark bar. You can right click on it and delete it.


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      Kenneth 5 years ago

      Thank you very much.

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      lucabrasi 5 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      Sure thing Kenneth. Glad it helped.

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      Lily 5 years ago

      This helped very much but it doesn't have the Google Chrome

      sign it has a internet explorer sign with a sheet of paper behind it, how do i change it to the chrome sign?

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      lucabrasi 5 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      Hi Lily:

      You must have internet explorer set as your default web browser. If you have downloaded chrome, then I think you have to make it your default web browser. Then you will get the chrome sign? You may have to go through the shortcut proecedure again.

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      Aveglen 4 years ago

      When I dragged it, it had the HubPages icon instead of the chrome icon, and Chrome is my default. Also, it went to this website if I click on it. How do I fix those?

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      yosimtysam 4 years ago

      To drag the URL onto the desktop, simply drag the icon that is in front of the URL onto the desktop - no need to make it a favorite and all the jazz.

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