Solved Create Icon on desktop to open a website

May 17, 2010 at 12:52:07
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 1.746 GHz / 1535 MB

I have created an icon (.ico) on my Desktop and would like to use it to reach a certain website ( as opposed to a 'normal' program. Can this be done -and could one of you kind folk talk me through the process if so? I am using Mozilla Firefox as my browser. Peter.

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May 17, 2010 at 13:12:07

make a new shortcut and put in http:\\website.

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May 17, 2010 at 13:36:50
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Something like this:
• Right-click a blank spot on your Desktop and choose New > Shortcut
• In the ensuing Create Shortcut box, type:
• Click Next to advance to next step
Rename this shortcut to something appropriate (like
• Click Finish
• Right click this shortcut and choose Properties
• In the resulting "Web Document" tab, click on Change icon
Browse... to your Desktop where you created that icon and select it
• Click Apply
• Click OK

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May 17, 2010 at 13:50:11

...same meat different gravy (IE or Firefox, any website):

1. Go to the website.
2. Swipe the address line using the mouse (so it's highlighted).
3. Hold down the Ctrl Key + C key together (Copy).
4. Right click desktop and select New > Shortcut.
5. Hold down the Ctrl key + V key together (Paste), which adds
in the item location - address.
6. Click "Next" and give the shortcut a name.
7 Click "Finish".

When you use the icon it will pick up any special icon associated with
the website.

Google is NOT the only Search Engine!

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May 17, 2010 at 13:57:05

Create a shortcut on you desktop (Right click desktop, choose New, Shortcut. Type the web address and click next.
Then Type the web site's name and click Finish)

Next, Right click your Icon on the desktop, then choose Properties, click the Web Document Tab and click change icon. Point it to where you have the icon stored at and click OK. then OK again.

Who knows, knows and who doesn't know, dosen't know jack!
El que sabe, sabe y el que no sabe, no sabe nada!

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May 18, 2010 at 12:58:02

I gather you are still in trouble. For others, here is a copy of your PM:

Have followed your instructions to the letter and typed into the Wizard and it comes back with: 'the file cannot be found'
I have tried the full URL ( and that returns the same thing.
I wonder if you might have any other ideas?

Here is my reply:
That's weird. I followed the instructions I posted in #3 and got a working desktop shortcut with proper icon straight away.

Did you open the website then use Ctrl+C to copy the address line?

I then closed the website, went through the New Shortcut procedure from the desktop and used Ctrl+V to put it in the target line.

Have you got some sort of arrangement whereby you disconnect from line when you close the browser? That might cause the error message you received. Going back to square one, once you have been to the website and done Ctrl+C to copy the address, keep the browser "minimised" rather than closing it down, so that the wizard can find it. If that works, try closing the browser then see if the desktop shortcut still works. Maybe this will prove something.

Google is NOT the only Search Engine!

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May 18, 2010 at 13:57:38

One more thing you can try although all of the previous suggestions should have worked.

I see your using Firefox, but for now, try this in Internet Explorer. go to the website, then go to File, Send, Shortcut to desktop and see if that works

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May 19, 2010 at 11:07:04

Thanks to all for taking the trouble to respond. I am still struggling a bit and am now wondering if I have created a 'genuine' icon - although I have used the program 'Img Icon' image icon converter to make one. I am still trying to establish this and will post a message if I discover anything.
Thanks again - Peter

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May 19, 2010 at 11:23:47

Using a "program" to create a shortcut recordamus?

It is a 45 second operation to right mouse click on the desktop and select new shortcut. The wizard comes up and you copy and paste from firefox [or this post] the url, then next and finish.

KISS = keep it simple silly

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May 19, 2010 at 12:08:04

Thanks for the info! However I want to create a special image for a particular program (the logo) and the only way I can get one is to copy an image from their website (as a JPEG) and convert it to an icon with the 'img converter' program. I also want it against a black background to merge with my desktop.

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May 19, 2010 at 13:34:02

Make the shortcut. Test that it works. Then go into its properties and associate the icon image with the one you made.

You did this backwards which is why you have not been successful. You can't make an icon [picture] a shortcut.

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May 19, 2010 at 13:47:45

That's it! Thanks very much for your valued advice. I had a bad stroke 12 months ago and the 'little grey cells' don't work as well as they used to, I'm afraid. Again, my grateful thanks


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May 19, 2010 at 13:49:58

Yep, right on "wanderer".

An icon is just a picture to associate with a shortcut for convenience. You make the shortcut file "first" (accepting the default icon, which sometimes changes after you have used the shortcut). If you have created a special icon you right click the shortcut, go to properties and use the Change Icon button to direct the shortcut to the ico file you have saved elsewhere.

I keep a special folder for icons I want to use on shortcuts. Showing no imagination I called the folder "Icons" and put it onto the root of C - but anywhere will do.

Looks like the problem was solved while I typed the above.

Google is NOT the only Search Engine!

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May 19, 2010 at 15:37:46

Sorry to hear about the stroke Peter. Glad you posted back about being successful. Best of luck.

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May 19, 2010 at 23:23:15

Recordamus: I am echoing "wanderer: "... Glad you posted back...".

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May 20, 2010 at 04:34:20

My grateful thanks to each and every one of you for taking the trouble to respond. This site is brilliant and it's knowledgeable contributors have never let me down! Peter.

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