Saves the current page as an Internet shortcut file on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
This extension offers the feature of being able to save the current page as an Internet shortcut file on Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Personally, I've always used Internet shortcut files ("ISFs", from here on) for a multitude of reasons. For example, I use them:
1. To passively share links to content with people via cloud-shared folders
2. To replace the temporary use of pinned tabs and bookmarks
3. As portable links
4. To accompany installers with links to the websites, accompany projects with links to resources, etc
But, I've always found them so awkward to create. Hence, this extension.
• 1.22.* (25/10/2013)
- Options for Internet shortcut filetypes
- Removed library-dependencies
Q: "Why can't I choose where to save the download?"
A: The downloading process just uses the standard Chrome downloader and its settings, which I can't modify from within the extension.
I recommend enabling the "Ask where to save each file before downloading" option in Chrome > "Settings" > "Show advanced settings..." > "Downloads", which will let you choose where to save the file each time.
Q: "Why won't an ISF I saved on one operating system open on another?"
A: There's literally nothing I can do about this, as it is a flaw with the way ISFs are handled by operating systems in general. There is no standard. Each operating system has a very different way of handling ISFs so, for example, an ISF saved on Windows just won't work on Mac OS X because the operating system simply doesn't know how to handle the file because it's not its own.
I've nearly finished a feature that allows you to select what shortcut type you would like to save, so I recommend using that feature when it's released.
Q: "Why should I use this over simple text links?"
A: Well, personally, I find that it's much easier to just double-click on the ISF, which automatically opens my default browser to the right page than to:
1. open a browser
2. browse to my emails / Twitter / Facebook
3. sign in
4. find the link that someone's sent me
5. double-click on the link
1. open a text editor
2. open a text file that contains the URL
3. open a browser
4. highlight which URL you want
4. copy and paste the URL into the browser
• Downloading shortcuts with download prompts enabled on Mac OS X results in download window losing focus. This seems to just been an issue with Chrome for Mac.