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How to create cross-compatible website shortcut for Mac & Windows

Surjith S M
·Aug 8, 2022·

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Mac creates shortcuts with .webloc extension while Windows creates it using .url extension. Let's see how to create both and how to make it work on both operating system.

Creating Website Shortcut in Mac

You can create shortcut by dragging the website URL to your finder folder or desktop using a Mac device. But if you are not on mac, you can create it manually.

1. Create a file with .webloc extension.

And add the following contents inside. Make sure to change the URL inside <string>

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
<dict>
    <key>URL</key>
    <string>https://yourwebsite.com</string>
</dict>
</plist>

Note: This only works on Mac and on windows this won't work. To create a shortcut compatible for both operating system, follow this steps:

Creating Website Shortcut in Windows

You can create shortcut by dragging the website URL to your finder folder or desktop using a Windows device. But if you are not on Windows, you can create it manually.

1. Create a file with .url extension.

[InternetShortcut]
URL=https://yourwebsite.com

The above shortcut will work on both Windows & Mac.

 
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