Key Takeaways

  • In Google Chrome, click the three vertical dots, go to Save and Share, and select Create Shortcut to pin a website.
  • In Firefox, create a shortcut to Firefox, right-click on the icon, go to Properties, insert the website URL after the executable path, then right-click the shortcut and pin it to Start or taskbar.
  • To pin a website from Microsoft Edge, click the three-dot menu icon, go to “More Tools,” then select “Pin to Start” or “Pin to Taskbar.”

In Google Chrome, click the three vertical dots, then navigate to Save and Share > Create Shortcut.

In Firefox, create a shortcut to Firefox on your desktop, right-click the icon, click “Properties,” and insert the website URL after the executable path. Then pin it to the Start menu or the taskbar.

Having quick access to frequently-used or hard to remember websites can save you time and frustration. Whether you use Chrome, Firefox, or Edge, you can add a shortcut to any site right to your Windows 10 taskbar or Start menu.

Pin a Website from Google Chrome

Navigate to the website you want to pin. Click the three vertical dots in the top right of Chrome, hover your mouse over “Save and Share,” then select “Create Shortcut.”

Click the three-dot menu icon, click 'Save and Share,' then select 'Create Shortcut.'

In the pop-up menu, change the name of the shortcut if desired, and click “Create.” This will automatically create an icon on your Windows desktop and pin the link to your taskbar.

By default, Chrome will open the web page as a tab in a normal Chrome browser window. You can check the “Open as Window” option to have Chrome open the page in its own window with its own taskbar icon when you click the shortcut.

Enter the name of your shortcut, then click 'Create.'

From your desktop, right-click on the shortcut, and click “Pin to Start.” You can now delete the shortcut on your desktop. You can also select “Unpin from Taskbar” if you don’t want it on your taskbar.

If you set the website to open as a window, it will open immediately as its own window. You can then right-click its shortcut on your taskbar and select “Pin to Taskbar” without using the desktop shortcut.

Right-click the icon and select 'Pin to Start.'

Pin a Website from Firefox

Create a shortcut to Firefox on your desktop. You can do this by typing “Firefox” into your Start menu, right-clicking on the icon, and clicking “Open File Location.”

Open Firefox File Location

In the new File Explorer window, right-click Firefox and click “Create Shortcut.” A prompt will appear, saying, “Windows can’t create a shortcut here. Do you want the shortcut to be placed on the desktop instead?” Click “Yes.”

Create a Firefox Browser Shortcut

Right-click the new Firefox icon on your desktop, and click “Properties.” In the Target field, insert the full URL of the website you want to pin after the quotation mark. Here’s an example of what the Target field should look like:

"C:Program Files (x86)Mozilla Firefoxfirefox.exe" https://www.howtogeek.com
Direct Firefox Shortcut to Specific Website

Click “OK.”

From your desktop, right-click on the shortcut, and click either “Pin to Start” or “Pin to Taskbar.” You can now delete the shortcut on your desktop.

Right-click the Firefox icon and select 'Pin to Start' or 'Pin to Taskbar.'

Pin a Microsoft Edge Website

Microsoft’s Chromium-based Edge browser works similarly to Google Chrome. To pin any website to a taskbar, simply open the “Settings and More” menu (Alt+F, or click on the three horizontal dots in the top right of your browser). Hover your mouse over “More tools” and click “Pin to Taskbar” or “Pin to Start.”

Click the three-dot menu icon, hover over 'More Tools,' then select 'Pin to Start' or 'Pin to Taskbar.'

Additionally, Edge has a neat feature called “Launch Taskbar Pinning Wizard,” which you can see right below “Pin to Taskbar.” Click this, and Edge will guide you through a short menu that lets you pin the most popular websites and Microsoft web apps to your taskbar