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Create a shortcut to a website

I recently helped someone who wasn't very comfortable with computers. One of the things she wanted to do was have an easy way to navigate to her 2 or 3 favorite websites.

As with many things in Windows, there a couple ways to solve this.
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Make a desktop shortcut DesktopShortcut

  1. Open your browser and navigate to the desired website
  2. Resize your browser window so it isn't full screen (you need to be able to see a portion of your desktop)
  3. Click and drag the icon next to the URL in the address bar to your desktop

The next time you want to visit the website, you'll just need to double-click on your desktop shortcut!

Create a bookmark Bookmark

  1. Open your browser and navigate to the desired website
  2. Press Ctrl-D to bookmark the page  (did you know this keyboard shortcut?  It works in Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer!)
  3. Edit the information about the bookmark as needed and save it to your desired bookmarks folder

The next time you want to visit the website, you'll just need to select it from your list of bookmarks. 

I use some of each -- bookmarks for things I'll come back to again and again, and desktop shortcuts for interesting articles I want to read later but really only need once (then it's easy to delete the shortcut). For the person I was helping, desktop shortcuts proved to be the perfect solution for her small list of favorite sites.

What's your favorite way to navigate to your favorite sites? 

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