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.WEBSITE File Extension

File TypeInternet Explorer Pinned Site Shortcut

DeveloperMicrosoft
Popularity
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CategoryWeb Files
FormatText

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This file is saved in a plain text format. You can open and view the contents of this file using a text editor.

What is a WEBSITE file?

A WEBSITE file is a pinned site shortcut created by Internet Explorer (IE), a web browser for Windows. It contains a web address reference (a URL) and an icon file, which references the website's favicon.ico and is used as the displayed icon for the shortcut. WEBSITE files are used for saving and opening bookmarks and favorites.

More Information

To create a WEBSITE file in IE, click and drag the URL in the address bar or the website's "favicon" to your desktop. You can also drag the website to the Quick Launch area in Windows Vista or to the Task Bar in Windows 7 and Windows 8. This way, you can have quick access your favorite websites.

WEBSITE files were introduced in version 9 of IE and are not recognized by Windows computers with Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) or earlier installed. Previous versions of IE created .URL files when you dragged the address bar URL or favicon to the desktop. The difference between the two files is that WEBSITE files contain the API key. You can still create URL files in version 9 or later of IE by holding down the SHIFT key before you drag the favicon from the address bar to the desktop.

To open a WEBSITE file's web location in another web browser, open the file with a text editor such as Microsoft Notepad. Since WEBSITE files are saved in plain text, you can navigate them with the text editor until you locate the "URL" property. Copy the URL and then paste it into the address bar of another web browser, such as Google Chrome.

Windows does not display the ".website" file extension for pinned site shortcuts. To view the extension, open the file properties window by right-clicking the WEBSITE file and selecting "Properties" from the drop down list.

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Programs that open WEBSITE files
Windows
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Updated 11/17/2016

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