Moderated Re: My Nerdy Approach to Creating and Managing Favorites

Bill White

Hi, Tom. As Curtis says, you can copy the URL to the clipboard and use the Run command, or you can do what I do.


1. Arrow to the Internet shortcut, but do not press ENTER.

2. Press ALT plus ENTER for Properties.

3. Once Properties opens for the shortcut, the URL is the first thing you will see. Copy this to the clipboard.

4. Open the browser you want to use to get to the URL.

5. Press CONTROL plus L to open the Address Bar.

6. Paste the URL from the clipboard into the Address Bar, and press ENTER.


Now the URL will open in whichever browser you opened.


Bill White




From: [] On Behalf Of tom x
Sent: Friday, January 14, 2022 4:47 PM
Subject: Re: My Nerdy Approach to Creating and Managing Favorites


Hi Curtis,


Interesting way for handling favorites.


However, pressing enter on the shortcut would always load that particular url into the same default browser.  Is there a way, apart from using the shift F10 "sent to" command, of chooseing which browser into which to load  the url at that time?      


i.e.  Sometimes a site may work better using Firefox rather than Edge while another may function better in another browser altogether.







On 13/01/2022 2:24 am, Curtis Chong wrote:

Greetings everyone:


I thought it might be helpful to the group if I passed along a solution for managing website favorites which works across all of the Windows browsers I have worked with over the years: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Microsoft Edge.


First, I created a folder within My Documents called Favorites. There is nothing magical about the name of the folder. You can call it anything you like. This is where you would store any Favorite that you create.


Second, using Edge or any other browser, go to the web page for which you would like to create a favorite or shortcut. Press ALT+D or CTRL+L (it really doesn't matter) to move the focus to the address bar. Since the URL contained in the address bar is already highlighted (selected), press CTRL+C to copy the URL to the Windows Clipboard.


With File Explorer, open the Favorites folder you have created. Press CTRL+SPACE a couple of times to ensure that nothing is selected. JAWS should tell you when the line item is not selected.


Now, press Shift+F10 to open up a context menu and up arrow to New. Press right arrow to open the submenu and press down arrow to Shortcut. Press Enter.


Paste the URL you copied earlier into the edit field and tab once to type a name for the Shortcut. Then, press Enter.


That's all there is to it. Any time you want to manage or go to a favorite, use File Explorer first to locate the favorite and then press Enter to activate it.




Curtis Chong


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