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Help with something really basic, which I am unable to figure out. In Windows creating a shortcut (link) for a website is as easy as dragging-and-dropping the favicon/address bar to the desktop or a folder.

I tried the same in Ubuntu (Chrome browser), but it's not working. The web page is being saved as a file, but not as a link/shortcut.

  • Am I missing something or is there no way to quickly create shortcuts to web pages/web sites without installing some app for that?

  • If the above is true, is there an app that does what I need?

I hope I am clear enough.

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up vote 10 down vote accepted

One possible way:

  • Click the Wrench symbol and choose Bookmarks - Always show bookmarks bar
  • Navigate to the webpage you want to create the shortcut for
  • right click the bookmark bar and choose Add Page and create a bookmark in the bookmark bar
  • (alternatively, you can just drag-and-drop the favicon into the bookmark bar, which creates a bookmark for the current page)
  • Drag and drop the bookmark onto the desktop. This will create a shortcut to the webpage on your desktop
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You sir, rock. I couldn't find a better answer even after searching a lot. +1 if I could vote you up :) Thanks. – user33877 Nov 29 '11 at 23:44
I mean no disrespect to you. Just edited your answer with more info that suits beginners. I hope you don't mind. – user33877 Nov 29 '11 at 23:54
Didn't work for me. – Keyslinger Jun 6 '12 at 10:58
Awesome. Dragging the favicon to the desktop doesn't work for me in Ubuntu 13.04, but thanks to this answer I found out that dragging from the bookmarks bar does! So it's not ideal but CTRL+D, dragging and then deleting the bookmark from bookmarks bar... I can live with. – faB May 5 '13 at 10:26
I like the drag & drop option, but I noticed that these desktop files that are created can not be opened on Mac OS X ... They seem to be desktop configuration files and not universal HTML links – Kalamalka Kid Jan 6 at 0:20

Open the site you wish to have a shortcut to. Restore the page down. Just to the left of the url there is a little icon, drag it to your desktop, job done! Now you can put it wherever you like. I was using Firefox as the main browser but I think it will work on most, if not all browsers.

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I realize this question has already been answered, but here's another simpler way that I found to work:

  1. [In Chrome] Navigate to the website you're trying to put on the desktop,
  2. Click on its URL in the omnibar at the top, selecting the whole URL,
  3. Drag it to the desktop.
  4. Done!
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I created a Google-Chrome "web short cut" on my desktop (12.04) for G-mail by:

  1. Click the Dash Home icon in the launcher and search for Chrome.
  2. Drag the icon for Chrome on to the desktop.
  3. Open a web browser window and go to gmail. Copy the URL. Minimize the window.
  4. Right Click - Proprieties of the Chrome icon on the desktop. Paste the URL at the end of the "Command" field separated by a space. [/usr/bin/google-chrome-stable %U enter the URL here]
  5. Change the "Name" from Google Chrome to G-Mail.
  6. Click Close.

A. If you want to change the icon, save an image from the web of the logo you want. B. Again in proprieties of the "short cut", click the Chrome icon and point to the downloaded image. C. Click close.

EDIT: Forgot the part about the folder.

  1. Right click desktop select Create New Folder.
  2. Rename the folder as desired
  3. Drag Short cut(s) into the folder.
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