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    IE multiple shortcuts on desktop (IE 5)

    I have 4 or 5 favorite sites that I tend to use. Is there anyway I can create a different desktop shortcut for each site, so by double clicking I can go directly to any of these sites? My start page currently is a file on my hard drive that lets me choose any of the sites I want, but it seems a shame to call this up just to have to pick one of the sites.
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    Re: IE multiple shortcuts on desktop (IE 5)

    Try Right click - New - Icon and type the URL say "www.wopr.com". This works with Win2000 and IE 6.

    Hope this helps
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    Re: IE multiple shortcuts on desktop (IE 5)

    Hi Mark,

    I have W2K and IE6 but the following should work in IE5 as well.

    Open the Favorites menu in IE and move the mouse down to the favorite that you want to create a shortcut for. Right click on the item in the menu and then from the pop-up menu select "Send To" and then "Desktop (create shortcut)".

    This neatly creates a shortcut to the URL on your desktop.

    Let me know how you go.

    Cheers,

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    Re: IE multiple shortcuts on desktop (IE 5)

    In addition to these ways when you're at the page I find it fastest to just go to the left of the IE name bar, and simply drag the small "e" from the name bar a few mm. to your desktop or whatever folder you want it in. That puts the shortcut on your desktop the fastest for me and you don't even have to bother with the menu. It'll give you the label of the name, and if it is not specific enough then you can change the name.

    For example when I'm dragging it from the local paper, a site or a magazine, I drag the icon to my desktop or folder--it says "Welcome to the paper" or the magazine or site name, and that's too general, and I change it to something that references the article.

    Then if you want to give it a specific icon to make recognition more distinctive than that "e" you can right click it>properties, and then hit browse on the change icons dialogue box and pick an icon out of any folder you have that has icons.

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    Re: IE multiple shortcuts on desktop (IE 5)

    Thank you -
    With IE 5 and Win2000 right clicking on the background offers me the option to Create Shortcut, but I don't think this is exactly what you were suggesting. File ...New only allows Window, Message, Post, Contact, or Internet Call No nNew Icon choice. Where exactly did you right click?

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    Re: IE multiple shortcuts on desktop (IE 5)

    Barry G,
    Thanks very much. This works exactly as you suggest.

    Mark

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    Re: IE multiple shortcuts on desktop (IE 5)

    SMBP,
    This looks very promising as the most direct way, but the small "e" doesn't seem draggable, at least in Win2K and IE5. Did you mean the title bar at the bottom of the screen?
    Mark

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    Re: IE multiple shortcuts on desktop (IE 5)

    Hi Mark:
    There are a number of ways to do this. When you are on a web page, right click & choose "Create Shortcut". You then get a confirmation that a shortcut has been placed on your desktop. This is the equivalent of SMBP's method of dragging. FYI, in the address bar at the very left of the URL is a picture, usually an IE icon picture. That is what you can drag. However, if you have your window maximized, you'll find it inconvenient as there is no place on the desktop showing. That's why I right click, but either works.
    Cheers,

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    Re: IE multiple shortcuts on desktop (IE 5)

    Hi Mark,

    I'm glad you asked this question 'cos I've just learned a lot. Right click the desktop and create a shortcut then type the URL into the location of the item is how I was doing it. I've changed my ways as these others seem far, far easier!

    Thanks!
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    Re: IE multiple shortcuts on desktop (IE 5)

    Mark--

    All of these ways will work in every IE edition you try and every OS I believe. What we all would like to do is like Phil suggests let you know the many ways to skin a cat, give you the option, and then you use the way that is most comfortable for you. I do run into the problem of desktop real estate because I keep way to many shortcuts on my desktop sometimes putting them there like crazy and then taking a moment to drag them off to some better place to keep them. I try though to drag straight into the folder.

    Try each way and then if they don't all work, post back and someone should be able to help. In conjunction with this, but not the exact subject of the original question which was to get a shortcut out of a website on your desktop, I like to use the XP feature of Show in Groups. View>Show in Groups> and then alphabetize all but my downloads folder to make it easy to find a specific file in a folder to drag into. If you hold down left mouse at the little "e" or whatever is up on the upper left on the top of the window (I call it the IE namebar) then you should be able to drag. (I'm not sure what OS you have).

    I wasn't saying one way is any better--just that I find it a little faster to open a folder and say I'm at the Lounge then I drag a shortcut from the Lounge into my Lounge folder--and keep it alphabetized so I can find the subject later more easily.

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    Re: IE multiple shortcuts on desktop (IE 5)

    Phil.
    Beautiful!! Thanks for clarifying via your FYI. I like this method the best.
    I must say, this is a very friendly group and I've learned a lot as well. Thank you all. <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>

    Mark

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