With the arrival of the Fall Creators Update, Microsoft gave its Edge browser a rather useful feature that you may not have been taking advantage of yet: the ability to pin any website to taskbar or start menu.
It is extremely easy to do and the result is a shortcut in any of the two places that you use the most to start your applications, with a custom icon according to the web and no limits on the number of sites you can pin.
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Pin websites to taskbar and start menu with Microsoft Edge
All you have to do is open Microsoft Edge, go to the web page you want to pin, and then click on the menu button on the right (the one with three dots).
In the pop-up menu that appears you will find two options: Pin this page to the taskbar or Pin this page to Home. You can use one or both if you prefer.
The result is a direct access to your favorite pages that you can now access in one click. Maybe the only bad news is will always open as a tab within Microsoft Edge and not as separate windows.
Pin websites to taskbar with Chrome
With Chrome you can also add web pages to the desktop and the taskbar, but not to the start menu. But the important difference is that with Chrome you can open each page or webapp as a separate window, and without the browser controls.
As there is no URL bar, no favorites bar, no extension buttons or navigation controls, creating an access of this type with Chrome gives the impression that you have your own app independent of each site. It’s one of my predicted Google Chrome features.
In this case, all you have to do is go to the page, press the menu button in Chrome, navigate to the option More tools and choose Add to desktop …
When Chrome shows you a pop-up message to add to the desktop, you can customize the name and you must also check the box “Open as window“.
This add a shortcut to the desktop that you can then drag to the taskbar and launch as an independent application, not as one more tab next to the ones you already have open, but as a new window free of unnecessary controls and buttons.
You can also customize this icon as you want by right clicking on it and choosing the properties. Just like we explained when we told you how to customize all your taskbar icons in Windows 10.
We may see something similar in Windows 10 without using Chrome when progressive web apps hit the system with the next big update.
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