How to create shortcuts to web pages on the desktop of my Mac computer

If you are one of those people who wants to have their links on hand that quickly direct them to an app or website, stay with us as we will show you how to create shortcuts on the desktop of your Mac computer.

If you are a new Mac user, like those who do not have to know the hidden functions of their Mac and still do not know how to do it, fear not, here we will teach you how to do it following simple steps. In addition, we will give you a brief summary of the shortcuts, folders and URLs that you can have on hand on your Mac computer.

Create shortcuts to your folders and URLs on your Mac

In Mac, the shortcuts are known as “Aliases” this establishes its function as a link that redirects directly to a main application, this “alias” modify it and change the name and place it where you want, in this case on the desktop.

To create the shortcut or “alias” the first thing you must do is locate the apps on your Mac , page address or folder for which you want to create shortcuts.

folder shortcuts and urls on mac computers

An important aspect of the shortcuts is that they will allow you to work comfortably, many times it is a bit tedious work to search for an application within folders to be able to use it or an important URL and you must look in the history or in your email tray.

With this shortcut option you will save all that work and without a doubt you can save a lot of time when working from your Mac. Pay close attention as we will show you below, the steps you must take when creating the shortcut of a web page.

Create a shortcut of a page on your Mac by following these steps

To create a direct access to a URL or web address you must, as a first step, access the desired web. But before doing so, we recommend that you log in with your account, so you will avoid having so many permissions appear to make your direct access.

After you are on the desired page, copy the URL of the page and drag it to the desktop. The page shortcut will automatically be created on your desktop.

Change the name of your shortcut

As you have seen, the procedure to create a shortcut on Mac is very simple. On the other hand, if you want to change the name, follow these steps:

  • Once you have created the shortcut or “alias” on your desktop you can proceed to change the name quickly through the information panel.
    • To open it you must click the right button of your mouse on the created shortcut and select the drop-down menu
    • Select “get information”, select “name and extension” and there will appear the option or box where you can change the name of the shortcut.
  • If you want to save yourself all that work, just press the keys ” cmd. + I ” on the desired icon and it will automatically direct you to the box where you can change the name of the access.

Create shortcut of your applications and folders


To create a shortcut for an application or folder you must go to Finder and in the Dock (application bar) select the application or folder that you want to create the shortcut. Remember that if you want to create a shortcut for an application, it must be installed correctly on the computer.

accesses dock bar mac

The shortcuts will appear in the application bar. For more detailed information on the subject you can seek help on Mac support. To create the shortcut on the desktop, you just have to follow these steps:

  • From the top menu select “File”.
  • Select the option “Create aliases.”
  • Then select the folder or application and the desktop shortcut will automatically be created.

Create a shortcut in the Dock

To create the shortcut and place it in the Dock, you must enter the applications folder and drag it to the position you want in the Dock, yes, it’s that simple. If that doesn’t work, try resetting your Mac’s Dock settings . We recommend placing it in an empty space in the Dock and after the access has been created, you can position it as you wish.

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