How to Pin a Website to Taskbar in Windows 10

Introduction

Pinning a website to your taskbar in Windows 10 makes it easy to access that site whenever you want, right from your Windows home screen. In this article I’ll show you how to pin a website to your Windows 10 taskbar using Google Chrome, Firefox, or Microsoft Edge Chromium. Examples of all instructions in the steps can be seen in the YouTube video below.

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Steps to Pin a Website to a Taskbar in Windows 10 Using Google Chrome

  1. Launch Google Chrome and then navigate to the website you want to pin to your Windows taskbar. In this example I’ll navigate to my Max Dalton Tutorials website.
  2. Click the ellipses on the bar along the top of the screen to open a drop-down menu. Click “More Tools” to expand another menu, and then click “Create Shortcut.” The Create Shortcut window appears.
  3. Enter the name for your shortcut, and then use the check box to indicate whether you want your website to open in its own window when accessed through the shortcut. Click “Create” when you’re finished. The window will close, and you’ll now see a shortcut icon on your Windows desktop.
  4. Right-click the website shortcut icon on your Windows desktop to open a menu, and then click “Pin to Taskbar.” Your website shortcut will now be displayed on your Windows taskbar.

Steps to Pin a Website to a Taskbar in Windows 10 Using Firefox

  1. Click the “Windows” icon on your taskbar to open a menu, and then type “Firefox.” A list of search results will be displayed.
  2. Right click the Firefox app in the list of search results to open a menu, and then click “Open File Location” in the menu. The folder location where Firefox is installed opens.
  3. Locate the Firefox shortcut in that folder, and then copy it to your Windows desktop.
  4. Right-click the Firefox shortcut to open a menu, and then click “Properties” in the menu. The Properties window is displayed.
  5. Make sure the Properties tab is selected. Go to the end of the text in the Target field, add a space and then “-url” at the end. Add another space after that and then enter the URL associated with the website you want the shortcut to go to. Click “Apply” when you’re finished.
  6. Right-click the website shortcut icon on your Windows desktop to open a menu, and then click “Pin to Taskbar.” Your website shortcut will now be displayed on your Windows taskbar. Note that you can only have one shortcut link to Firefox on your Windows taskbar at a time, so if you have another link to Firefox on there, you’ll need to remove it before you can pin this shortcut.

Steps to Pin a Website to a Taskbar in Windows 10 Using Microsoft Edge Chromium

  1. Launch Microsoft Edge and then navigate to the website you want to pin to your Windows taskbar. In this example I’ll navigate to my Max Dalton Tutorials website.
  2. Click the ellipses on the bar along the top of the screen to open a drop-down menu. Click “More Tools” to expand another menu, and then click “Pin to Taskbar.” The Pin to Taskbar window appears.
  3. Enter the name for your shortcut and then click “Pin.” The window will close, and you’ll now see a shortcut to this website added to your Windows taskbar.

5 Reasons to Pin a Website to a Taskbar in Windows 10

1. Instant Access

One of the top reasons to pin a website to your taskbar is instant access. Imagine needing to check your email or project management tools frequently throughout the day. By pinning these sites, they’re just a click away. No more navigating through bookmarks or typing URLs. This convenience saves you time, especially during a busy workday. It also reduces the hassle of searching through numerous tabs and windows. Simply click on the icon, and you’re there, ready to work or browse.

2. Enhanced Organization

Keeping your workspace organized is crucial for efficiency. When you pin your most used websites to the taskbar, you’re creating a more structured digital environment. This method helps in visually segmenting your tasks based on different applications and sites. For instance, you can have your communication tools in one area, your creative software in another, and your frequently visited websites pinned on your taskbar. This clear separation makes it easier to manage your workflow and minimizes the time spent switching between resources.

3. Reduces Distractions

By pinning sites directly to your taskbar, you can reduce the temptation to browse other non-essential sites. When you open your browser with a specific destination in mind, it’s easy to get distracted. You might check the news, visit social media, or get sidetracked by other sites. However, when your essential sites are pinned, you’re more likely to stay focused on your tasks. This setup helps you maintain your concentration, making you more productive.

4. Better Resource Management

Managing system resources more effectively is another benefit of pinning websites. Each open browser can consume significant memory and CPU resources, especially if multiple tabs are open. By pinning websites and accessing them directly, you potentially reduce the number of open tabs in your browser. This can lead to better overall performance of your computer, as fewer tabs mean fewer resources are being used. It’s a simple trick that can contribute to a smoother computing experience.

5. Ease of Use for Specific Tasks

Some tasks require frequent access to particular online tools or portals. Whether it’s accessing a client database, editing documents on Google Docs, or using a custom corporate application, having these sites pinned to your taskbar simplifies the process. It’s about minimizing clicks and screen transitions. For repetitive tasks, this can be a game-changer, reducing the cognitive load and speeding up your task completion rates. It makes the digital tools feel more like natural extensions of your desktop environment.

About Max

Max has nearly 20 years of experience working in IT across three different industries in project management and management capacities: publishing, telecommunications and healthcare. He holds the following degrees and certifications: BS Communications, MA Communications, MBA and Project Management Professional (PMP). His tutorial-focused YouTube channel earned more than 100,000 subscribers in its first four years, and currently has more than 160,000 subscribers, 110,000,000 video views and an insane 2.4 million hours of watch time. Max enjoys learning new technology, reading and collecting comic books, listening to audiobooks and playing video games.

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