Add your favorite websites to the Windows 10 Taskbar

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 25, 2017
Updated • Sep 17, 2018

If you want quick access to your favorite websites on Windows 10, you may add links to them to the Windows 10 taskbar to launch them with a tap or click on the icon.

While some browsers provide you with built-in tools to pin sites to the Windows 10 taskbar, others don't. Chrome and Microsoft Edge are in the first group of browsers, Firefox in the second.

This guide provides you with instructions on how to pin sites to the Windows 10 taskbar in Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and practically any other browser.

Pin sites using Google Chrome

chrome create shortcut
Chrome 69

Note: Starting with Chrome 71, you find the "create shortcut" option in the main menu and no longer under More Tools.

chrome 71 create shortcut
Chrome 71

Google Chrome makes it very easy to pin sites to the taskbar. Here is what you need to do:

  1. Open the site that you want to pin to the taskbar.
  2. Select Menu > More Tools > Create Shortcut.
  3. Enter a name for the website.
  4. Select whether you want it to open in a new window.
  5. Chrome drops the shortcut on the desktop right away when you select Create.
  6. Drag and drop the shortcut from the desktop on the taskbar to add it there.

You can repeat the process for any site that you want to add to the Windows taskbar.

Pin sites using Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge is another web browser that makes it super easy to add sites to the Windows 10 taskbar.

Here is what you need to do in Edge:

  1. Open the website that you want to add to the Windows taskbar.
  2. Select Menu > Pin this page to the taskbar.

That is all there is to it. Repeat the process for any site that you want to add to the taskbar.

Pin sites using Firefox, or other browsers

firefox taskbar shortcut

Firefox and many other web browsers don't support adding sites to the taskbar directly.

While you can use Edge or Chrome for that, you may not want to use these browsers.

It is possible to add any sites to the taskbar using Firefox, and making sure that it gets loaded in Firefox.

The process is not as straightforward though. Here we go:

  1. Create a new Desktop shortcut that points to Firefox. Easiest option is to open the Firefox installation directory, right-click on firefox.exe, and select create shortcut from the context menu.
    1. The default 64-bit Firefox installation directory is C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox
    2. The default 32-bit Firefox installation directory is C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox
  2. Select yes when Windows informs you that the shortcut cannot be created in the Firefox directory. The shortcut is created on the desktop instead.
  3. Right-click on the new Firefox shortcut and select properties from the menu.
  4. Append the URL of the site that you want opened when you click on the shortcut, e.g "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" -url
  5. Click on ok to save the changes.
  6. Right-click on the desktop shortcut and select "Pin to Taskbar".

Tip: You may want to change the icon of the shortcuts in Firefox, as they all show the Firefox icon by default. You can do that in the properties as well.

Select change icon there, and pick another icon that is available. You may download the site's favicon for instance and use that.

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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

  10. Anonymous said on September 28, 2023 at 8:19 am

    When will you put an end to the mess in the comments?

  11. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 9:36 am

    Ghacks comments have been broken for too long. What article did you see this comment on? Reply below. If we get to 20 different articles we should all stop using the site in protest.

    I posted this on [] so please reply if you see it on a different article.

    1. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 11:01 am

      Comment redirected me to [] which seems to be the ‘real’ article it is attached to

  12. RIP said on September 28, 2023 at 10:48 am

    Comment redirected me to [] which seems to be the ‘real’ article it is attached to

  13. Mystique said on September 28, 2023 at 12:13 pm

    Article Title: Reddit enforces user activity tracking on site to push advertising revenue
    Article URL:

    No surprises here. This is just the beginning really. I cannot see a valid reason as to why anyone would continue to use the platform anymore when there are enough alternatives fill that void.

  14. justputthispostanywhere said on September 29, 2023 at 3:59 am

    I’m not sure if there is a point in commenting given that comments seem to appear under random posts now, but I’ll try… this comment is for

    My temporary “solution”, if you can call it that, is to use a VPN (Mullvad in my case) to sign up for and access Reddit via a European connection. I’m doing that with pretty much everything now, at least until the rest of the world catches up with GDPR. I don’t think GDPR is a magical privacy solution but it’s at least a first step.

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