How can I add a shortcut on my desktop to a document in Google Docs?

by Jonas   Last Updated May 15, 2019 18:03 PM

I would like to have a shortcut on my desktop to an Excel document in Google Docs.

How can I create a shortcut (icon) like this? I use Google Chrome as web browser.

Answers 6

There is a solution here;

  1. Open the document or spreadsheet in your Google docs account and copy the full URL of the document.
  2. Create a new desktop shortcut and type the URL of he document in the shortcuts location.
  3. All done, now you have a new shortcut in your desktop – double clicking which will launch the Google document in a new browser tab or window. Now associate specific icon files with these shortcuts so that you can identify them at a glance.

Hope this helps.

October 07, 2010 09:36 AM

Go to options and create the shortcut.

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June 06, 2013 15:58 PM

Google Drive now lets you "Share" your documents. You can use this to copy the direct URL to your file.

  1. Right-click on the document you want to point to and select Share.
  2. Copy the URL provided
  3. Right-click on your desktop and select 'New' > 'Shortcut' and paste in the copied URL.

Share file

Copy URL

Save as shortcut

Andrew Lott
Andrew Lott
June 06, 2013 19:39 PM

Fastest way to create an shortcut to desktop from a webpage is dragging browser address directly to desktop.

Click and drag with left mouse button tiny sheet next in address to desktop and release mouse button.

Click and drag with left mouse button tiny sheet next in address to desktop and release mouse button.

Roger Wayne
Roger Wayne
January 25, 2015 19:27 PM

I recommend using Google Chrome as a browser for this (I do not know if it'll work with IE, Firefox, or any other). To create a shortcut for any file in your Drive to your desktop is to simply open the file, then click on the button at the top right of the page (1), and scroll down to "More Tools" (2). You'll see the option "Create Application Shortcuts" (3), and that's all she wrote!

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George M. Quinlan IV
George M. Quinlan IV
March 23, 2015 15:19 PM

If you have the Google Drive app (now Backup and Sync) installed, right-click the file and choose "Send To -> Desktop (create shortcut).

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Michael Yaeger
Michael Yaeger
May 15, 2019 16:06 PM

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