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How can I create an icon on my Macintosh desktop that takes me to a web page?

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up vote 1 down vote accepted

To have a shortcut to a site in your dock is also possible

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Highlight the URL in your browser and drag to your desktop.

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This didn't work, but led me to a solution (posted as an alternate answer). The URL itself is not drag-able for me, but the icon to its left is. – WilliamKF Feb 25 '11 at 1:48

Building on Daniel Standage's answer:

Go to the desired URL in firefox, find the small icon to the left of the URL and drag it to your desktop.

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