How to Add a Website to Taskbar on Windows

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Add the websites you most frequently visit (like Google) to the taskbar on your Windows PC

We all got a certain set of websites that we frequently visit. You may have added them as bookmarks for quick access, but how does the idea of adding them to the ‘Taskbar’ sound? You can access the website right from the ‘Taskbar’ in a single click, thus saving both time and the minor hassle, you underwent earlier.

We will walk you through the process to add a website to the ‘Taskbar’ for the four most used browsers, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Opera.

Add a Website to Taskbar with Chrome

To add a website to the ‘Taskbar’ with Google Chrome, navigate to the website that you want to add. Next, click on the ellipsis near the top-right corner, hover the cursor over ‘More tools’ in the drop-down menu, and then select ‘Create shortcut’ from the menu that appears.

The ‘Create shortcut’ dialog box will now appear. The shortcut will by default be named as the webpage. You have the option to modify the name by entering a new one in the text box. Next, if you want the shortcut to open in a new window, instead of as a tab in the existing window, select the checkbox for ‘Open as window’. Finally, click on ‘Create’ to complete the process.

The shortcut has now been added to the desktop. Head over to the desktop, right-click on the ‘Shortcut’, and select the ‘Pin to taskbar’ option from the context menu.

After the shortcut has been added to the Taskbar, you can safely remove it from the desktop by right-clicking on it, and then selecting ‘Delete’ from the context menu.

To launch the website that you earlier added, click on the ‘Shorcut’ in the Taskbar.

The shortcut icon will be different for different websites. In the above case, it’s the ‘Google’ icon, since we added a shortcut for google.com to the Taskbar.


Add a Website to Taskbar with Edge

The process to add a website to the Taskbar with Microsoft Edge is probably the easiest amongst all the browsers. To do so, navigate the required website, click on the ellipsis near the top-right corner, or press ALT + F to launch the ‘Settings and more’ menu.

Next, hover the cursor over ‘More tools’, and then click on the ‘Pin to taskbar’ option in that menu that appears.

The ‘Pin to taskbar’ box will appear at the top of the tab. The name of the shortcut will be mentioned in the text box, and you also have the option to change it. Once done, click on the ‘Pin’ option.

The website will now be added to the Taskbar and can be accessed by clicking on the icon.


Add a Website to Taskbar with Firefox

To add a website to the Taskbar with Firefox, search for ‘Firefox’ in the ‘Start Menu’, right-click on the search result, and then select ‘Open file location’ from the menu.

The File Explorer window will now launch with the ‘Firefox’ shortcut selected by default. Right-click on it and then select ‘Create shortcut’ from the context menu.

A dialog box will pop up informing that the shortcut cannot be created in this location and if you want to create it on the Desktop. Click ‘Yes’ to continue.

After you have created a shorcut for ‘Firefox’, navigate to the Desktop, right-click on the ‘Shortcut’, and then select ‘Properties’ from the context menu.

Next, navigate to the ‘Shortcut’ tab, in case it doesn’t launch by default. Now enter the URL of the website that you want to add to the Taskbar in the ‘Target’ section next to the existing text. Make sure you enter the URL in the correct format. Since we are adding ‘Google’ to the Taskbar, the URL becomes as follows.

https://www.google.com

You can similarly add the address for the website that you want to add. However, you must ensure that the address already mentioned in the ‘Target’ section is not altered in any manner and that the URL is just an addition to it. Finally, click on ‘OK’ at the bottom.

You now have the shortcut for the required website on the Desktop, the only thing left is to add it to the Taskbar. Right-click on the shortcut and then select the ‘Pin to taskbar’ option from the context menu.

The website is now added to the ‘Taskbar’. You can now safely delete the Desktop shortcut and access the website from the Taskbar itself.


Add a Website to Taskbar with Opera

To add a website to the Taskbar with Opera browser, search for the browser in the ‘Start Menu’, right-click on the search result, and then select ‘Open file location’ from the menu.

The ‘File Explorer’ window will launch with the ‘Opera Browser’ shortcut selected. Right-click on it, hover the cursor over ‘Send to’, and then select the ‘Desktop (create shortcut)’ option.

An ‘Opera Browser’ shortcut will be added to the Desktop. Right-click on it and select ‘Properties’ from the context menu.

In the ‘Shortcut’ tab of the ‘Properties’ window, enter the URL of the website that you want to add to the ‘Taskbar’ at the end of the existing text in the ‘Target’ section. Since we are adding ‘Google’ to the Taskbar, the format for URL is as follows.

https://www.google.com

You can similarly enter the URL for another website. However, you must ensure that the address/path already mentioned in the section must not be altered or modified and the URL be added to the end of it. Finally, click on ‘OK’ at the bottom to save the changes.

We now have a shortcut for the website on the Desktop and all that’s left to do is add it to the Taskbar. To do so, right-click on the shortcut and select the ‘Pin to taskbar’ option from the context menu. After pinning the shortcut to the Taskbar, you can delete the Desktop icon.

You will now notice an ‘Opera’ icon in the Taskbar, click on it to launch the added website.

When you launch the added website from the Taskbar the first time, a pop-up will appear at the top asking if you want to continue. Tick the checkbox for ‘Remember my choice’ and then click on ‘Open’, to ensure that it does not appear the next time you add a website.

The website will launch right away.


Now that you know the process to add a website to the Taskbar, add the ones that you frequently visit to save time. Also, you must avoid cluttering the Taskbar with shortcuts, and employ the ‘Bookmarks’ feature on the browser, when appropriate.