How to create a Microsoft Edge desktop shortcut

Updated: 08/31/2020 by Computer Hope
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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 an empty 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 (A), enter the following text.
%windir%\explorer.exe shell:Appsfolder\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe!MicrosoftEdge
  1. Click the Next button (B).
Tip

Instead of typing in the string above, you can copy and paste it to save time.

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 (A), enter the following text.
%windir%\SystemApps\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\MicrosoftEdge.exe
  1. 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.