How to open a website with a keyboard shortcut in Windows 10 or 11

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In the same way that you can set a keyboard shortcut to open a folder on your Windows desktop, you can also use a keyboard shortcut to open a specific website. There are, however, a few additional steps.

The first thing you need to do is launch your browser of choice and bookmark the website you want to create a shortcut to. We’ll be using Google Chrome in this example, but the bookmarking process is similar in Edge and Firefox.

Enter the website you want to create a keyboard shortcut for in the address bar, then click the star icon on the right. In the menu that appears, click “Add bookmark”.

Add a website to the bookmark list.

Then click and drag the bookmark from your browser to your desktop.

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Click and drag the shortcut.

Now you will want to assign a hotkey for the desktop shortcut. Right-click on the desktop icon, then click “Properties” from the context menu. You can also select the desktop shortcut and press “Alt+Enter”.

Click Properties.

The Properties window will appear. Click the “Shortcut” text box, then press the key you want to assign to your shortcut. Keep in mind that “Ctrl+Alt” will still be added to your shortcut. So if you press “B” here, your shortcut will be “Ctrl+Alt+B”.

After assigning the hotkey, click “Apply”.

Apply a keyboard shortcut.

The keyboard shortcut is now applied to the desktop shortcut. Press the keyboard shortcut to launch the website.

Note that depending on your system, you may be asked how you want to open the shortcut. If this happens, select the browser you prefer and be sure to check the box in the dialog box so that you are not prompted to select the browser you want to use each time you use the shortcut.

That’s all we can say about it. Now that you’ve learned how to open a website with a keyboard shortcut, try mastering these 47 keyboard shortcuts (that work in all web browsers) for maximum browsing efficiency.

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