Create a Web URL Desktop Shortcut that Opens in Internet Explorer IE

Create a Web URL Desktop Shortcut that Opens in Internet Explorer IE

I needed to Create a Web URL Desktop Shortcut that Opens in Internet Explorer IE because a client has an internal Web Application that only works within IE.  A bummer for sure since I dislike IE, but a lot of web applications have similar issues.

A important not is that these instructions are for IE, however, this can be done for any browser but for SEO purposes I wanted to tag IE – learn more about SEO here

They originally wanted to mandate that everyone use internet explorer but, outside of the obvious disadvantages, GP does not have a simple provision for that so we decided to create a desktop shortcut for the URL and to force that shortcut to open using Internet Explorer (IE).

How Create a Web URL Desktop Shortcut that Opens in Internet Explorer IE:

  1. On your domain controller, open up Group Policy
  2. Create a new GP (best practice is to always have separate GPOs for each item rather than 1 GPO that has multiple setting because its easier to turn off a failing GPO)
  3. Create a Test OU in Active Directory
  4. Make a Test User in Active Directory
  5. Make sure that your test user is within that Test OU (or it will not apply)
  6. Right click on your GPO and select edit
  7. Expand User “Configuration”, “Preferences”, and “Windows Settings”
  8. Select “Shortcuts”
  9. Right click in the empty space and select “New” and “Shortcut”
  10. For “Action” select “Replace” (so that if you want to delete it later it will remove it from everyone’s desktop)
  11. In the “Name” Field put an appropriate display name for the Web Application shortcut
  12. For “Target type” select “File System Object”
  13. For “Location” select “Desktop”
  14. In the “Target Path” text box put C:Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe or use the browse button to navigate to the location of Internet Explorer (you don’t need quotes for any of these fields)
  15. In the “Arguments” text box put the URL that you need to open with Internet explorer
  16. If you want a dedicated Icon for the shortcut, in the “Icon file path” type the file path of the icon or use the browse button to navigate to the location of the icon (make sure the users have rights to that folder/icon)
  17. Click on the Common tab and check “remove this item when it is no longer needed)
  18. Click OK and Close all open windows
  19. Now go to a computer and login as your test user and you should see the Shortcut with the icon and correct URL

What to do if you do no see the URL Desktop Shortcut

  1. Run GPRESULT /R with admin rights from the command line and confirm the GPO is listed
  2. If the GPO isn’t listed, than that user is not in the right OU in AD or has not been assigned to the GPO
  3. If the GPO is listed, you will need to confirm your GPO settings

That is how to Create a Web URL Desktop Shortcut that Opens in Internet Explorer IE

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