Aside from going to your browser History, Favourites or bookmarking your favorite websites to enable you to gain quick access to them on your computer, there are other ways on how to create a desktop shortcut to a website without having to always search or fully typing out the website address details. However, using the bookmark bar for shortcuts you first have to launch the browser in order to access the bookmarked webpage, with these other shortcuts you can easily save a link to desktop Chrome in a folder. When creating a shortcut to a website using Chrome , the shortcut enables you to open the website in a standalone window without any menus, tabs, or other browser components. Without wasting much of your time I’ll be taking you through steps on how to make a shortcut in Chrome for both Windows and MacOS users below:

Create application shortcuts with Google Chrome in Windows

For Windows users, you can create website shortcut on desktop Chrome using the "Create application shortcuts" feature to create some great looking shortcut icons, simply:

  • Launch the Google Chrome browser and go to web page
  • Click on the Chrome menu in your browser toolbar located at the upper right-hand corner of the browser (the three vertical dots);
  • Then select “Tools”;
  • Navigate to the “Create application shortcuts” button and then click on it;
Create application shortcuts
  • From the dialog box that drops down, select where you would want your shortcuts to be placed on your computer;
Select where you would want your shortcuts to be placed on your computer
  • Next, click on the “Create” button;
  • Double-click on a shortcut icon saved on your desktop and the app opens in a special streamlined window that doesn't display tabs, buttons, the address bar, or menus.

Create application shortcuts with Google Chrome in MacOS

Although the Google Chrome application works similarly on both Windows and MacOS, there is a certain difference, as the Mac version does not have a create desktop shortcut option until version 72. So MacOS users will have to update their browsers to version 73 in order to be able to use this desktop shortcut feature. The feature works exactly as it would work on Windows; however, for the MacOS you can’t add the shortcut directly on the desktop. The shortcut can only be added as an app and accessed via “Chrome ://apps” or from the “Apps” bookmark.

Use Create Shortcut wizard to create webpage shortcut on your desktop

  • Launch your Chrome web browser and open up the website or webpage you want to set as a desktop shortcut;
  • Once the page has loaded, you can copy the full URL by simply right-clicking on the URL and then clicking on the “Copy” option or alternatively select URL and press combined keys Ctrl + C;
Create webpage shortcut on your desktop
  • Right-click on any desired space on your desktop for the context menu to pop out, then scroll to “New” and click on it, then click on “Shortcut” to open shortcut wizard;
Click on “Shortcut” to open shortcut wizard
  • In the field provided for type location, paste the URL earlier copied and then click on the “Next” button;
  • Type shortcut name to be created on your desktop;
Type shortcut name to be created on your desktop
  • Click on the “Finish” button to create the website shortcut on your computer.

Whenever you want to visit the website simply click on the shortcut to open it your Chrome web browser.

How to add a Chrome shortcut to your taskbar that opens a website in its own window

Another way on how to use Chrome to browse to a website using shortcut is via your taskbar without any Chrome tabs or controls; you can open a Windows program:

  • First, click on the settings menu in the top right-hand corner of your screen (the three vertical dots);
  • Then next you click on “More tools” and then the “Create shortcut” buttons;
  • This will create a shortcut on your desktop that then opens the website in a tab in Chrome ;
  • Click on the Apps button on the left-hand side of the bookmarks bar;
  • If the Bookmarks bar does not appear, then you can click on the settings menu at the top right-hand side, then click on “Bookmarks / Show bookmarks bar”;
  • Check for the Apps button by right-clicking on the bookmarks bar and then click on the “Show apps shortcut”;
  • From the Apps screen, right-click on the shortcut to the desired website and then click on “Open as window”;
  • Click on the app to open and reveal the website in the taskbar.
  • Then right-click on the taskbar icon and then click on the “Pin to taskbar” button;
  • A shortcut to a website that opens in its own window is then created.

Create a website shortcut using Chrome

Another easy way to create website shortcut on desktop Chrome is to:

  • Launch the Chrome browser on your computer and then resize the browser window so you are able to see both the desktop and Chrome browser windows at the same time.
  • Open up the website that you want to create a shortcut on your desktop.
  • Once the page is loaded, beside the address bar, check for the page icon and click on it and then drag and drop it onto your desktop to create the shortcut.
Create a website shortcut using Chrome

Hope one or more of these tips on how to create website shortcut on desktop Chrome helps you navigate to your favourite websites much more easily and faster so you never miss a thing!