Windows 10 includes many interesting tools, but if you’re like many people, more and more of your digital life is happening in your web browser and nowhere else. That being the case, you’ll want to keep your most important websites close at hand. The easiest way to access them in Windows 10 is the Start menu and the taskbar, treating them more or less like programs in and of themselves.
Although easy overall, getting a website from your browser to your taskbar is slightly different depending on which browser you’re using.
Adding a website to your taskbar with Google Chrome requires a couple of extra menus than some of the other browsers, but that doesn’t mean it’s difficult. Here’s how to get started:
Step 1: Open the website you want to pin to your taskbar in Google Chrome.
Step 2: Click the Three-Dotted menu in the top-right corner.
Step 3: Click More Tools, followed by Create a Shortcut.
Step 4: When the pop-up window appears, you can customize the shortcut’s name and check the box if you want to open the site in a new window. You can then select Create. The shortcut should then automatically appear on your desktop.
Step 5: Click and drag the new shortcut to your taskbar. Alternatively, right-click the shortcut and select Pin to Taskbar.
Note for Macs: Chrome acts a little different on MacOS. Instead of using the Create a Shortcut tool, you will need to select Choose to Save Page Instead As… Then, in the window that appears, make sure you are saving the link to your desktop. This should add the shortcut to your desktop, no problem.
Unfortunately, Firefox doesn’t have an integrated way to pin shortcuts to the taskbar as Chrome does. However, there is a workaround.
Step 1: Right-click on your desktop and select New > Shortcut to open the Create Shortcut window.
Step 2: In the Target field, add -URL, followed by the website you want the pinned link to navigate to. For example, C:Program Files (x86)Mozilla Firefoxfirefox.exe” -URL https://www.digitaltrends.com”.
Step 4: Enter a name for your shortcut and press OK. Then, right-click the shortcut and select Pin to Taskbar.
Microsoft’s Edge browser has one of the simplest methods for pinning a website to the taskbar. Just follow these quick steps:
Step 1: Open your desired website in the Edge browser.
Step 2: Click the Three-Dot menu icon in the top-right corner.
Step 3: Scroll down the menu until you find Pin This Page to Taskbar. Click it.
If you would rather pin the Start menu, click on More Tools and then choose the Pin This Page to Start option.
Microsoft Edge Chromium
Microsoft recently introduced a version of its Edge browser based on Google’s open-source Chromium engine. We’ve gone hands-on with this browser before, and it combines the best of Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome. Luckily, it also makes pinning a webpage to your taskbar easy. Here’s how:
Step 1: Open the website you’d like to pin to your taskbar.
Step 2:Click the Three-Dot menu icon in the top-right corner.
Step 3: Choose More Tools.
Step 4: Choose the Pin to Taskbar option. Enter in the name of the website, and then click Pin.
So, there you have it. We’ve taken a look at all the popular web browsers and explained how you could pin a website to your taskbar for quick and easy access. Check out our other guides on web browsing, including our picks for best browsers and how you can stay anonymous online.