Add favourite website to Windows 8 start screen

Windows 8 users can add their favourite website to the start screen using the option available as part of Internet Explorer or by creating desktop shortcut. For example if you do lot of shopping using Amazon and want to add this site URL as part of your Start screen then you can follow the below mentioned steps.

Using Internet Explorer Option

Step 1: Launch Internet Explorer and type the website URL in the address bar.

Add site to Start Screen - Windows 8

Step 2: Click the Setting Option and select Add site to Start Screen from the menu list.

Add site Window

Step 3: Click the Add button in the Add site to Start Screen window.

This should add a shortcut to your favourite website to Windows 8 Start screen as shown below.


Creating Desktop Shortcut

Step 1: Navigate to Windows 8 Desktop, right click and select New –> Shortcut from the menu list.

Desktop New Shortcut

Step 2: In Create Shortcut window, browse and locate the Internet Explorer executable file (iexplore.exe). If you want open the website in other browser then type the location of the corresponding browser executable.

Create Website Shortcut

Step 3: Click Next button and provide name for your shortcut then click the Finish button.

Enter name for Shortcut

Step 4: Now right click on the Shortcut and select Properties from the menu list.

Shortcut Properties

Step 5: In the Properties Window, click the Shortcut tab and append URL “” to the Target field as shown below. Click Ok button to save the changes.


If you want to change the icon for the shortcut then click the Change Icon and choose the desired icon file.

Step 6: Again right click on the Shortcut and select Pin to Start from the menu list. This should add the Shortcut to Windows 8 Start screen.

Pin to Start

In Category: Windows, Windows 8

Ravi Shankar

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