Is it possible to create files that function as internet shortcuts?

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I've been using a MacBook Air exclusively since Jan 23 after 20 years of non-stop Windows! I'm a happier computer user than I was before, that's for sure. But there's one really useful trick I used to do in Windows Explorer, I haven't found a way to do on my Mac. I used to be able to create Internet Shortcuts: little files that just held a URL & could be saved in my directories; & I could then go straight to that web page just by opening that shortcut. Is there a way to do the same thing in IOS & if so how?

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Submitted by Ricci on Monday, June 12, 2017

I've just realised how this is done. In case anyone out there is interested here it is:
Open the website in Safari
Menu > File > Save As
If you save it as a web archive you can then re-open the website @ any time from Finder by opening the web archive.
The other format you could save it in is 'page source' - which simply saves the html page as html. this is useful too, if you want to read the actual tabs, style-sheets, java-script etc.

Submitted by kool_turk on Monday, June 12, 2017

Here is another way it can be done.

For this to work, you'll need a basic text editor, I'll use notepad on windows as an example because I don't have a mac.

Open a blank text document and type the following exactly the way I've written it.

[InternetShortcut]
url=http://applevis.com

When you're done, simply save the file with a .url extention.

I suppose the method will be quicker, but this is suppose to be cross platform.

I haven't tested my internet shortcuts with someone that uses a mac so I don't know if the windows method only works for windows and vice verser.

I know this works cross platform, because David Woodbridge did a podcast on it quite some time ago.

I guess the only way to find out if it works is to try a shortcut you created with a mac on windows and vice verser, see if it works.

I'd be curious to know the results.