How to pin websites to the Windows taskbar with Firefox
The Internet Explorer 9 beta is out, and one feature that’s captured attention is website pinning, the ability to create icons on your Windows 7 taskbar to launch your favourite sites.
While IE9 makes this quick and easy, you don’t have to download the beta to create a similar effect. It’s easy to do the same thing with Firefox, Chrome, just about any browser you like.
To get started, right-click an empty part of your desktop, select New > Text Document, and rename the file to Shortcut.exe.
Drag and drop Shortcut.exe onto the taskbar.
Right-click the pinned icon, right-click “Shortcut” and select Properties.
In the Target box, enter the path to your browser executable file, surrounded by quotes, followed by a space, and the address of the website you’d like to be launched. So for Firefox you might perhaps enter “C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe” www.softwarecrew.co.uk
In the “Start In” box, enter the folder containing your browser executable, surrounded by quotes, like “C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox”
If you want to be thorough, you might also change the icon to match your website, although this takes the most work. You could head off to Google Images, search for the icon you need, save it, then convert it to ICO format with a tool like Axialis Icon Workshop (a commercial product, but if you only need a few icons then the free trial will give you enough time to create them).
Then click Change Icon, point Windows at your new ICO file, and (although a reboot may be required) you’ll have your new pinned websites, ready to open your favourite online destinations at a click.