Microsoft Edge, the new web browser in Windows 10 is fairly impressive. Although the current version of the Edge lacks several features and options offered by its rivals, the new browser from Microsoft loads webpages faster than Internet Explorer and some other third-party browsers.
If you have been using Edge as your primary browser on Windows 10 PC, you probably are looking for a way to quickly launch the browser. One way to launch Edge quickly is to pin Edge shortcut to the taskbar.
But if the taskbar is already crowded with icons of other programs, you can create Edge browser shortcut on the desktop so that you can quickly launch with either using mouse or keyboard shortcut.
Two ways to create Edge shortcut on desktop
Following are the ways to create Edge browser shortcut on the desktop in Windows 10.
Method 1 of 2
Step 1: Open Start menu, click All apps, and then navigate to Microsoft Edge.
Step 2: Drag and drop Microsoft Edge entry from the search results on to the desktop to create Edge browser shortcut on the desktop. As simple as that! You can use this method to create any app shortcut on desktop in Windows 10.
Method 2 of 2
Step 1: Right-click on the desktop, click New, and then click Shortcut to launch Create Shortcut wizard.
Step 2: Under Type the location of the item field, copy and paste the following path.
Click Next button.
Step 3: Enter the name as Microsoft Edge or anything else that you would like to call the shortcut. Click Finish button to create a new shortcut called Microsoft Edge on desktop.
As you can see in the picture above, the newly created Edge shortcut on the desktop automatically uses Edge browser’s icon.
Create keyboard shortcut to open Edge browser
If you want to create a keyboard shortcut to open Edge browser, follow the directions given below.
Step 1: Create Edge browser shortcut on desktop by following above mentioned instructions.
Step 2: Right-click on the Edge browser shortcut on the desktop, and then click Properties.
Step 3: Under the Shortcut tab, select the Shortcut key field, and then simultaneously press keys that you would like to use to launch Microsoft Edge. Click Apply to set the shortcut.
Note that Windows automatically prefixes Ctrl + Alt to the shortcut. So it’s a good idea to simply press E key on the keyboard so that you can use Ctrl + Alt + E to open Edge browser.