How to Add a Website Link to the Start Menu [Step-by-Step]

To add a website link to the start menu is pretty easy. With this shortcut, you can save your precious time by going direct to the sites you visit most often without having to open your browser.

In windows, there are several steps to add website links as shortcuts to your Start Menu as illustrated below:

Windows XP

  • Open the web browser(Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera mini,Mozilla etc.) of your choice
  • Open the web page (website) you want and copy the URL in the address bar. [Right-click on the URL and select “Copy” in the drop down menu or use shortcut Ctrl + C]
  • Right-click on the “Start button” and select “Explore
  • Right-Click in the Explore window and hover over to “New” in the menu that appears.
  • Select “Shortcut” from the secondary menu. [A dialogue box to create your shortcut will then open]
  • Click the text box under “Type the location of item”.
  • Paste the URL you copied earlier into this box.
  • Click “Next
  • Give your Shortcut a unique name of your choice
  • Click “Finish” and you’re done.

Windows 7 & 8

  • Open the web browser (Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera mini, Mozilla etc.)  of your choice
  • Open the web page (website) you want and copy the URL in the address bar. [Copy the entire URL starting from http:// to the end of the line. You can use the shortcut “Ctrl + C” or right click on the highlighted text and select “Copy” from the menu]
  • Right-Click on the Desktop.
  • Select “New” from the pop-up list
  • Then select “Shortcut” from the second dropdown menu
  • Paste the URL you copied from the browser into the text box under “Type the location of the item
  • Give your shortcut a name of your choice so that you can easily find it in future
  • Click “Finish” and your shortcut will now appear on the desktop.

Note: You can right-click the icon and select “Pin to Start” to attach your shortcut to the Start Menu.

Windows 10

  • Open the web browser (Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera mini, Mozilla etc.)  of your choice and type the URL address of the website you want to turn into a shortcut into the address bar of the browser.
  • Click and hold the left mouse button on the website favicon once the website is fully loaded. By default, a website’s favicon will be a page and is always located adjacent to your blog/website URL address. For a secure website, the website’s favicon will be a lock
  • Drag and drop the favicon from the URL bar to your desktop. [A shortcut with the web page’s title as the name will be created]
  •  Right-Click on the newly created shortcut and select Copy.[This will save your shortcut to your computer’s clipboard and will allow you to paste a new version of this shortcut wherever you need it]
  • Press the Windows Key and “R” at the same time(Win+R)
  • Type ‘shell:programs’ in the new window and hit “Enter
  • In the “Programs” folder, Right-Click and select “Paste” from the drop down menu. (Your shortcut will automatically be installed into the programs folder)
  • Click and hold your shortcut
  • Drag and drop it into the start screen to make it more visible.


Written by Mila Joshua Yona

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