Re: How do you "send shortcut to desktop" in Firefox 52?


it appears to only create a "text" file for a shortcut that has the URL
of a website with a URL extension instead of a LNK (what's the
difference?). so the URL will open with the default browser, but how to
make it open with Firefox? I don't see a way, unless someone can layout
the steps using this extension. Jeremy did offer steps that don't rely
on the installation of an extension.

-------- Original Message --------
From: JM Casey []
Sent: Saturday, Aug 25, 2018 10:41 AM EST
Subject: How do you "send shortcut to desktop" in Firefox 52?


I posted the uRL last night, but I did not save it. Sorry. I'll have to find
it again. From the description though it seemed like that is what it was
made to do. I encouraged the OP to give it a try.

From: <> On Behalf Of Sieghard Weitzel
Sent: August 25, 2018 10:40 AM
Subject: Re: How do you "send shortcut to desktop" in Firefox 52?

Could you share the name of said add-on?

From: <> <
<> > On Behalf Of JM Casey
Sent: Saturday, August 25, 2018 7:31 AM
To: <>
Subject: Re: How do you "send shortcut to desktop" in Firefox 52?

Hey jeremy.

I wasn't the OP, but that post got me curious about finding a solution to
this, and yeah, this should work! I don't use the desktop for much of
anything so it never even occurred to me that you couldn't do this as easily
in FF as you could in iE. Actually as I posted above, for mouse users it's
very easy to drag a URL onto the desktop from the address bar, but, alas,
Mozilla hasn't thought of a convenient way to do this from the keyboard. I
did find an add-on though, which, I think, is supposed to add an item to the
context menu as it appears in Internet Explorer.

From: <> <
<> > On Behalf Of Jeremy
Sent: August 24, 2018 10:43 PM
To: <>
Subject: Re: How do you "send shortcut to desktop" in Firefox 52?

I believe what is being suggested is the following:

Note: I copied and pasted the following from an item on the JAWS-Users list,
sorry I couldn't give direct credit to the author since he/she is not

Creating a website shortcut on the desktop for Firefox and Chrome

Unlike Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome do not seem to save bookmarks
as shortcuts,

instead they seem to be accessed from an HTML file.

Firefox does not appear to have any provision for sending a website shortcut
to the Desktop, hence the need for this work-around.

Mozilla Firefox:

If Firefox is your default browser, do the following:

1. Open the webpage you want, and copy the URL to the clipboard.

2. From the Desktop, press control + spacebar to deselect all items on the

3. Press the applications key or Shift + F10 to open the context menu.

4. Arrow to the "New" sub-menu, and press enter.

5. Arrow to "Shortcut", and press enter.

6. When the shortcut dialogue opens, you will be in an edit field, so paste
the URL from the clipboard.

7. Tabb to the next button, and press the spacebar.

8. In this edit field, give your shortcut a name, then tab to finish, and
press the spacebar.

You are done.


If Firefox is not your default browser, then creating the shortcut as
outlined above will

result in that site opening in whichever is your default browser.

Browser specific shortcuts:


When making a website shortcut in this manner you may want to include the
browser name in the shortcut name,

so that when you go to that site you will know which browser it is opening

Keep in mind, that these are browser specific, so they will open the site in
the assigned browser no matter what your default browser is.

If you want a specific webpage to open in a specific browser, for instance,
Internet Explorer is my default,

but I want a specific site to open in Firefox or Chrome, here's what to do:

Mozilla Firefox:

1. Open the webpage you want, and copy the URL to the clipboard.

2. Locate the executable for Firefox, then open the context menu, and choose
Desktop create shortcut from the SendTo sub-menu.

3. Go to the Desktop and locate the shortcut you just sent there.

4. Press Alt + Enter to open the properties of the shortcut.

5. In the shortcut dialogue, you will be in an edit field containing the
file path of the executable,

press the end key to move you to the end of the file path.

6. Press the spacebar once, then paste the URL from the clipboard.

7. Tab to the apply button, spacebar that, then tab to the okay button and
do the same.

You are done.

Google Chrome:

While on the website you want to create a desktop shortcut for do the

1. Press Alt + F for the file menu.

2. Arrow to, "More Tools", and press enter.

3. In the resulting menu choose, "Add to Desktop", and press enter.

4. In the resulting edit field, the shortcut name will appear, you can
change this to your liking

then press enter to close the dialogue.

You are done.


On my system, I noticed when creating a shortcut in Chrome as described

that when the page loads, there is only a context menu.,

however, when creating a browser specific shortcut as outlined above, the
standard Chrome menu is available.

Additional Note:

You can further customize any shortcut from within the properties of the

such as changing the name, assigning a keystroke, , or opening the site



From: <> <
<> > On Behalf Of JM Casey
Sent: Friday, August 24, 2018 7:29 PM
To: <>
Subject: Re: How do you "send shortcut to desktop" in Firefox 52?

I tried this, and it does not directly work.

I guess you need to create some kind of file to place on the desktop; simply
copying the url as is tehre, I think, will not work.

I haven't investigated, but the format of whatever file is saved on the
desktop using IE that contains the uRL (and yes, it would be some kind of
shortcut file, possibly with extention .lnk?) should be easily replicatable.
This means you could simply open notepad, put your url in there using
whatever prefix characters are required, and save it to your desktop. But
I'm only theorising as I haven't looked into it much.

I did find this. It's an add-on for firefox that might add an item to the
context menus as they exist in ie. But you'll have to try it and see.

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