Make web shortcuts with embedded icons

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Web shortcut producer

May 7th 2006

What's it good for?

This online service creates shortcuts to web pages with embedded icons. The shortcuts do not have an arrow in the corner, because they are tiny executables.

If you are an internet user, you can create custom shortcuts for your favorite websites and place them directly on desktop.

Download example shortcut to this page: Icon Shortcut Maker.exe (see preview on the image ->)


How to use it?

  1. If you want to use custom icon instead of one of the stock icons, you need to have this icon on your computer and its size must be less than 50 kB.
  2. Choose a stock icon or click the "Browse..." button and navigate to your own icon.
  3. Type the address of the web page for which you want to make the shortcut into the "Address" box.
  4. Click the "Save shortcut" button and place the file on your desktop or another suitable location.
  5. Rename the shortcut.
Stock icons:               
Custom icon:

How does it work?

This service produces a tiny Windows exe file containing the specified icon and the address of a web page. When the application is run, it opens the web page in the default web browser.

Is it safe?

Running executable files downloaded from internet may be dangerous and shortcuts created by this service are executable files. We guarantee that the shortcut files do exactly what is described on this page and nothing else, but we recommend you to check them with your antivirus anyway.

Info for webmasters

If you are a webmaster, you may prepare shortcuts with icons for your visitors and let them download the shortcuts from your web pages.

If you like this service, please consider linking to this page and recommending it to your friends.

Geting icons for your shortcuts

Recent comments

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user icon efueguchi registered user on April 4th 2016


user icon Anonymous on May 4th 2016

I created my exe but Chrome tells me it's unsafe and that I should discard. Any way around this?

user icon achamo registered user on May 24th 2016

it protected me from this piece of software... :-(

user icon Anonymous on July 14th 2016

it works :-)

user icon Anonymous on July 20th 2016

After saving the file you need to right click the file and go into properties. Then check the Unblock. This will allow the exe to run.

user icon Anonymous on November 23rd 2017

If chrome tells you it is unsafe, that is because of .exe and you can keep. :-)

user icon Anonymous on December 1st 2017

If you get "protected" by smartscreen, then click more and then run anyway. It should remember your choice. :-D

user icon Max registered user on June 13th 2018

Works like a charm! Tricked my sis into thinking it was a virus! (When it wasn't) XD :-D

user icon Anonymous on March 31st

im surprised that this website is completely free and its over 12 years old and it still works!

user icon cain registered user on June 4th

cool man not as cool as me still 8-)

user icon Anonymous
What about ICL files?