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

Jeremy <jeremy.richards7@...>

Hi JM,


Your ad-on suggestion is definitely a good one, but I restrict my Firefox extensions to what is essential or else I’m going to end up turning the very nimble Firefox into Internet Explorer. J In other words, I don’t want to weigh down Firefox with too many extensions.


Thanks for taking the time out of your day to research and help us all.




From: <> On Behalf Of JM Casey
Sent: Saturday, August 25, 2018 7:31 AM
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
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 stated.


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 desktop.

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 in.

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 following:

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 above,

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 shortcut,

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






From: <> On Behalf Of JM Casey
Sent: Friday, August 24, 2018 7:29 PM
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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