Pinning Websites to your Windows taskbar – Internet Explorer & Chrome (and FireFox)

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There are some websites you just can’t get enough of.  Using Favorites on IE and Chrome and Bookmarks on Chrome & FireFox will allow quick access – but is there an even quicker way?  Yes, there is!

Way back in version 9 of Internet Explorer, Microsoft added pinning website shortcuts to the Windows  taskbar.  This gave you quick access to a specific page – and for those of you who use multiple different browsers, that page opened specifically in Internet Explorer, even if your default browser was different.

Chrome actually has a very similar feature tucked away called an “application shortcut”.  The key difference is that with Chrome, the pinned page opens without the chrome… Yes, that sounds strange – what this means is with Chrome the pinned page opens without the top address bar, bookmarks, and other things referred to as the “chrome” of a browser.

FireFox doesn’t really have this feature. To create a taskbar icon you need a little “power user” skillz – namely creating & modifying shortcuts.

Here’s how to pin a website to your Windows taskbar in Chrome first, then IE, and lastly FireFox:

Pinning websites in Chrome to the taskbar

  1. Browse to the webpage you would like to pin.
  2. [Click] , select TOOLS then CREATE APPLICATION SHORTCUTS.
  3. Check PIN TO TASKBAR and optionally DESKTOP, then [Click] CREATE.
  4. A new icon will be added to your taskbar.
  • To unpin, [Right Click] the website’s taskbar icon then select UNPIN THIS PROGRAM FROM TASKBAR.
  • To access menu items such as zoom or print, [Click] the icon in the top-left of the browser window.
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Pinning websites using Internet Explorer 10 & 11

Internet Explorer has a few more capabilities integrated with Windows 8.x.  Here is a complete set of instructions on pinning websites from our top-selling Internet Explorer Quick Reference cards.

Pinning Websites to the Start Screen

Use the Start screen to quickly launch websites and, when provided, Start screen live tiles.

In Windows Store App:

  1. [Right Click] or [Swipe from Top or Bottom].
  2. [Click] win8-pin--to-start, then choose PIN TO START.
  3. Edit the name, then [Click] PIN TO START.

In Desktop App:

  1. [Click] ie11-options, then choose ADD SITE TO START SCREEN.
  2. Edit the name, then [Click] ADD.

Pinning Websites to the Taskbar

[Drag] the web page’s icon (to the left of the address) onto the Taskbar.

Or, [Drag] the tab ie11-tab onto the Taskbar into the desired position.

Using Jump Lists

When pinned, some sites have Jump Lists that provide entry points into a website, or related tasks.

In Windows Store App:

  1. Open the site from the pinned Start screen tile.
  2. [Right Click] or [Swipe from Top or Bottom].
  3. [Click] ie11-windows-store-app-options, then select.

In Desktop App:

[Right Click] an icon on the Taskbar, select from list.

Visiting Pinned, Frequent and Favorite Sites (Windows Store App IE)

  1. [Right Click] or [Swipe from Top or Bottom].
  2. [Click] the current website address.
  3. [Click] a site. Or, to narrow down your choices type a search term then choose a page.

Unpinning a Website

[Right Click] the website’s taskbar icon or Start screen tile, then select UNPIN THIS PROGRAM FROM TASKBAR / UNPIN FROM START.

Pinning websites using FireFox:

These steps have roughly been taken from this FireFox forum discussion.

  1. [Right-Click] anywhere on your desktop and choose NEW, then SHORTCUT.
  2. Copy the following then past into TYPE THE LOCATION OF THE ITEM:
    “C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe” -url http://www.google.com
  3. Replace “http://www.google.com” with the website address you want use.
  4. [Click] NEXT.
  5. TYPE A NAME for your shortcut then [Click] FINISH.
  6. [Right-Click] the shortcut on the desktop and choose PIN TO TASKBAR.
  7. If you like, you can now delete the desktop shortcut by [Right-Clicking] it and choosing DELETE.

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