How to Pin Websites From Any Browser to the Windows Taskbar
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The Windows taskbar is extremely customizable, and it’s worth setting up just right so all of your favorite programs are a click away. However, you’re not limited to just desktop software on your taskbar.

Using Chrome or Internet Explorer, you can easily pin any website to your taskbar for one-click access. This is useful if you like having a dedicated “app” for web tools such as video game radio sites — these don’t have software of their own, and it’s nice to keep them outside your normal stack of tabs.

In Chrome, click the three-bar menu in the top right. Under More tools, choose Add to taskbar… and you’ll be able to set a name for the site and choose whether to open it in its own window (which you should if you want to isolate it like an app).

In Internet Explorer, simply grab the favicon any site (the little picture on the far left of the address bar) and drag it down to your taskbar to pin it.

Edge and Firefox unfortunately have a few hurdles.

In Edge, you can only pin sites to the Start Menu. Click the three dots in the top-right of the screen and choose Pin to Start. This will add a Live Tile for the site; you’ll have to use IE if you want it on your taskbar.

In Firefox, you can’t just drag a site to your taskbar. Instead, make a shortcut to Firefox. For 64-bit Windows, the executable is at

“C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe”

For 32-bit:

“C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe”

Add a space after the Target field and place the URL you want to launch. Then, just drag that new Firefox shortcut to the taskbar. It’s not ideal, but it works — see this thread if you need more help.

What sites do you have pinned to your taskbar? Tell us in the comments!

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  1. Anonymous
    January 31, 2016 at 12:51 am

    Does the Firefox shortcut trick not work for Edge?

    • Ben Stegner
      January 31, 2016 at 3:36 pm

      It probably would! I don't have Win 10 yet, so I can't confirm it, but I don't see any reason why it wouldn't do the same. Let me know if you give it a try!

      • Anonymous
        February 5, 2016 at 9:14 am

        I had forgotten that Edge is a "modern" app and you can't make shortcuts to them like you can regular apps. It has a special, unmodifiable shortcut.

        • Ben Stegner
          February 6, 2016 at 3:54 pm

          That's irritating. It's sad they don't preserve that functionality in Edge. I guess pinning to the Start menu is good enough.

  2. Jeff Schallenberg
    January 29, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    I use Chrome on Windows 10, and rather than pinning web sites to the taskbar, I pin the icon to the desktop instead.

    I use Stardock Fences to organize the desktop icons into groups on several different screens.

    • Ben Stegner
      January 30, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      That sounds like a great solution! I've tried Fences before, but I like to keep my desktop completely clean so it's not of much use to me.

      • Anonymous
        January 31, 2016 at 12:50 am

        I keep my desktop clean too. Fences has a great feature to hide/show icons on double click on the desktop. It also has an autohide function that you can enable to hide the icons when the desktop loses focus if you forget to double click to remove them.

        • Ben Stegner
          January 31, 2016 at 3:35 pm

          Oh, I wasn't aware of this! I tried Fences for just a bit, but it was several years ago. Maybe it's time for another look! :)