How to create a Microsoft Edge desktop shortcut


Updated: 11/16/2019 by Computer Hope

Shortcuts are a great way to quickly access programs, files, folders, and even web pages. While we already have a page on how to create desktop shortcuts, making a shortcut for Microsoft Edge is a bit more tricky. The following steps show you how to put a shortcut on your desktop that opens the Microsoft Edge Internet browser.

Steps to create a Microsoft Edge desktop shortcut

  1. Right-click on an empty or blank area on the Windows desktop and select New in the drop-down menu that appears.

Selector to create a new item in Windows.

  1. Under New, select the Shortcut option.

Selector to create a shortcut in Windows.

  1. In the Type the location of the item text field, enter %windir%explorer.exe shell:AppsfolderMicrosoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe!MicrosoftEdge (A), then click the Next button (B).

Creating a shortcut to Edge browser.

  1. Choose a name for your new shortcut icon (A), then click the Finish button (B).

Choosing a shortcut name for Microsoft Edge.

  1. Locate and right-click the new shortcut icon on your desktop and select Properties from the drop-down menu that appears.

Properties selector in Windows.

  1. Near the middle of the Properties window, click the Change icon button button.
  2. On the Change Icon window, in the Look for icons in this file text field, enter %windir%SystemAppsMicrosoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbweMicrosoftEdge.exe (A), then click the OK button (B).

Change icon Edge shortcut

  1. Click the OK button again to select the displayed icon.
  2. Back on the Properties window, at the bottom, click the Apply button, then click the OK button.

You should now see a Microsoft Edge shortcut on your desktop with the Microsoft Edge icon to match it.

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