How to Add a Link to a Task Bar


Creating shortcuts to web pages is a good way to save time while on your computer. A computer desktop can easily become cluttered with these shortcuts. It can be time-consuming, and sometimes frustrating, to try to find the shortcut you are looking for amid the jumble. An effective way to organize your most commonly-used web site shortcuts is to put them in the Windows task bar.

  • Create the shortcut. Right-click on your desktop in a blank space. In the drop-down menu that appears, select the "New" field and let it expand to show you what new objects you can make. Click on the "Shortcut" object to display the "Create Shortcut" window.

  • Direct the shortcut to a link by typing the desired web address into the text box and clicking "Next."

  • Name the shortcut whatever you want to name it. This name will only show up if you choose to keep the shortcut on your desktop. If you hover your mouse over the picture in the task bar, it will show the web address, not the shortcut name.

  • Move the shortcut to the task bar. Right-click and drag the shortcut to the task bar, but don't release the button yet. Notice how a dark line appears before or after the task bar icons, near where your mouse is. This indicates where the shortcut will be placed. Position the line where you want it and release the button. In the menu that pops up, click "Move Here."

Tips & Warnings

  • You can move around icons in the task bar using the right-click and drag method. Just left-clicking and dragging will make a copy of the shortcut, so you will have a shortcut on the desktop and in the task bar.

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