How to Add a Website Shortcut to Dock on Mac
A nice way to quickly visit your favorite website(s) is to add a website shortcut for that site to the Dock on Mac OS X. Once a website shortcut has been added to the Dock, simply clicking on it will both launch the browser and immediately load that site.
While you can add URLs to the Dock from every web browser, we’re going to focus on Safari here. This works in all versions of Mac OS X, so it should not matter what version of system software the Mac is running.
Adding Website Shortcuts from Safari to the Dock on Mac OS X
Here’s how to add a website shortcut with Safari and place that into the Dock for quick launching in Mac OS:
- Open Safari on the Mac and visit a website you want to add a shortcut for (for example, the excellent osxdaily.com)
- Click and hold on the URL link in the URL bar, then drag the URL down to the right-side of the Dock on the Mac
- Release the click and the website URL has now been added to the Dock as a shortcut
Now when you click on that shortcut from the Mac Dock, you’ll instantly open Safari and a new browser window to that website.
You can repeat this trick to add multiple websites to the Dock for quick access if desired.
If you’re having trouble with clicking and dragging the URL, you can also grab the websites bookmark icon and drag that into the Dock as well (which is how this trick works in some of the other web browsers as well, so if you’re using something other than Safari try that approach).
Another helpful tip if you’re having difficulty getting this to work as intended, is to be sure to drag the URL to the right side of the Dock, not the left side. There is a faint divider which separates the two, and only the right-side can accept files, folders, and URL links. The left side of the Dock is for apps only.
This approach offers a quick and easy way to access a frequently visited website from anywhere on the Mac, similar to adding website bookmarks to the iOS home screen. Of course you can always just add bookmarks into Safari, Chrome, Opera, or Firefox as well, but those require you to be within the app to have access to their bookmarks, whereas this approach will open the browser and the website directly.
This probably goes without saying, but if you click the new Dock icon when the web browser is closed or quit, the web browser will launch again and load the URL that was bookmarked into the Dock. So if you created the bookmark in Safari, then Safari will open – that bookmark association persists even if your default web browser changes – so that is something to keep in mind.