How do I create a shortcut to a website on my Mac desktop?

Answered by Ricardo McCardle

Creating a shortcut to a website on your Mac desktop is a convenient way to access your favorite websites with just a single click. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it using the Safari web browser:

1. Launch Safari: Locate the Safari icon on your Mac’s dock or open it from the Applications folder.

2. Resize your browser: To make it easier to create a desktop shortcut, you may want to resize your Safari window so that you can see your desktop in the background. You can do this by clicking and dragging the edges or corners of the Safari window.

3. Visit the website: In Safari, enter the website address (URL) of the website you want to create a shortcut for into the address bar. For example, let’s say you want to create a shortcut for Google, you would enter “” in the address bar.

4. Select the URL: Click anywhere in the address bar to select the entire URL. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Command + A to select the URL.

5. Drag the URL to the desktop: Once the URL is selected, click and hold the mouse button, then drag the URL to your desktop. As you drag, you will see a small icon representing the website being dragged. Release the mouse button to create the shortcut on your desktop.

6. Customize the shortcut’s name (optional): By default, the shortcut will be named after the website’s title. However, you can rename it to something more meaningful if you prefer. To do this, click once on the shortcut icon on your desktop to select it, then press the Enter key. Type in the desired name and press Enter again to save the new name.

That’s it! You’ve successfully created a desktop shortcut to a website using Safari. Now, whenever you want to access the website, simply double-click on the shortcut icon on your desktop, and Safari will open with the website loaded.

Creating desktop shortcuts to frequently visited websites can save you time and make it easier to access your favorite online destinations. It’s particularly useful if you have websites that you visit regularly throughout the day or if you want quick access to online tools or resources.

Remember, you can create as many website shortcuts as you want by following the same steps for each website. Organize them on your desktop in a way that suits your preferences, such as grouping related websites or arranging them in alphabetical order.

I hope this guide helps you in creating desktop shortcuts to websites on your Mac. Enjoy the convenience of quick access to your favorite online destinations!