Create a Desktop Shortcut

It is relatively easy to make a shortcut to the NASG web site on your computer's Desktop (i.e. background).

This example shows Windows 7, but this is a feature that is possible in all versions of Windows. It may be different using the Mac (see here and here).


The technique shown here works for Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Mozilla's Firefox. It will also work for other web browsers. To make a Desktop icon to the NASG web site (or any other web site for that matter), do the following steps.

  1. Since you are already viewing the NASG web site, click on the NASG logo above left, to go to the NASG web site's home page.
  2. (whichever page you have showing will be the one to which you will create the shortcut)
  3. Make the web browser's window smaller, and move, minimize, or close any other applications that prevent you from seeing the Desktop in the background.
  4. Note a small icon to the left of the "" text in the web browser's address bar. The look of this icon may be different depending on which web browser you use or which version. For Firefox, use the padlock icon.
  5. Click on that icon with the left mouse button, and do not let go of the mouse button.
  6. Drag the mouse until it is over some open space in the Desktop. You will see a faint outline and a horizontal bar (as shown in the screen capture above).
  7. Once it is over some open space, let go of the mouse button.
  8. You will now have a Desktop icon that takes you directly to the NASG web site the next time you double-click on it.


To get the shortcut icon to show the NASG's logo that we use for the site, do the following: (these are for Windows-based computers)

  1. Download/save this file to your computer somewhere on your disk drive:

    Put it somewhere where you are not likely to accidentally delete it in the future, because then the icon for the Desktop would disappear. Remember where you stored that file (needed in step #6).
  2. When you have the shortcut to the NASG web site made on your Windows Desktop (see the previous section), click on that shortcut icon with the right mouse button, and select the "Properties" menu command.
  3. You should see the "Web Document" tab in the window that appears. If not, select it.
  4. Click on its "Change Icon..." button.
  5. Click on the "Browse..." button of the "Change Icon" window that displays.
  6. Navigate your way to the disk drive and location where you saved the "favicon.ico" file from step #1.
  7. When you find the file, select it, and press the "Open" button on the window.
  8. You should now be back at the "Change Icon" window, and so press its "OK" button.
  9. You should now see the NASG logo icon on the "Web Document" tab of the "Properties" window.
  10. Press the OK button on that window.
  11. The icon on the Desktop should now change to that of the NASG's icon.
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