One IE feature I missed after making the switch to Firefox a couple of years ago was the ability to right-click and save a web page shortcut to the desktop. You can drag-and-drop the page favicon from the address bar, but this requires resizing the Firefox window, dragging the shortcut onto the desktop, and maximizing the screen again. It’s not exactly ditch digging, so I began using this option and learned to live with the limitation.
But a less-tech-savvy friend recently asked me how to save desktop shortcuts in Firefox, and rather than attempting to explain what a favicon is, I did what any self-respecting geek does when faced with a question to which he doesn’t know the answer…
Google pointed me (by way of a user forum) to deskCut, a Firefox add-on by Evan Eveland. Once installed, deskCut adds “Create deskCut” to the drop-down menu you get when you right-click within a web page. Clicking this option gives you – you guessed it – a nice page shortcut on your Windows desktop.
Two clicks and you’re done. Doesn’t get much simpler than that.