Firefox, Thunderbird and Sunbird desktop shortcuts

Desktop shortcutsI've produced some desktop shortcuts for Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird and Mozilla Sunbird.

When you rightclick on the shortcuts you can start in safe-mode or show the prefs. A bit like the Internet Explorer icon on the desktop.

Desktop shortcuts:
- Mozilla Firefox
- Mozilla Thunderbird
- Mozilla Sunbird

Save the files and run then. Then go to the Desktop and press F5 to refresh the desktop.

November 05, 2004 02:43 PM | Posted in Mozilla


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what directory do you recommend saving the files in?

Comment by boz at November 5, 2004 03:40 PM | Permalink

Wow! Impressive. This will help a few people I know who use the "right click> properties" to get to internet options.

Site icon Comment by me at work at November 5, 2004 03:51 PM | Permalink

This is a great idea, hope we see it in the official releases sometime... hopefully sometime soon :)

Comment by imnotgivingyoumyname at November 5, 2004 04:01 PM | Permalink

Sounds cool... I'd like to have that on my desktop.
I'm just a little paranoid about installing stuff on my Windows box, though, so is there a way to uninstall this if it screws something up?

Comment by Rahul at November 5, 2004 04:31 PM | Permalink

Great job Henrik! Already in my desktop. You may want to share them with bug 264889 also:


Comment by Percy Cabello at November 5, 2004 04:56 PM | Permalink

Very cool, thanks!

Comment by Stephen Krenzel at November 5, 2004 05:32 PM | Permalink

Nice :) Perhaps you could ask the Moz team to use these shortcuts as default rather than the default Windows ones, more functionality etc - nothing to lose.

Comment by Cow at November 5, 2004 05:41 PM | Permalink

Nice work, but the ff shortcut doesn't open up the profile manager or safe mode for me on RC2-XP

Site icon Comment by Adam Bramwell at November 5, 2004 05:59 PM | Permalink

I just got this through one of mozilla's news feeds and I like the icons, thanks for writing the scripts and making them available for people to use.

Comment by Mark at November 5, 2004 06:50 PM | Permalink

VBS?!? Eeeeeeeeevillllll :)

Comment by Alex Vincent at November 5, 2004 07:20 PM | Permalink

What's "Safe Mode"?

Comment by Question at November 5, 2004 07:24 PM | Permalink

Only XP?

Comment by Anonymous at November 5, 2004 08:11 PM | Permalink

It would be useful to have companion scripts to remove the desktop shortcuts if one don't need them anymore and for incorporation into FF uninstall.

Site icon Comment by Walter K at November 5, 2004 10:14 PM | Permalink

Just a little heads up, I was testing out the script and then wanted to rebuild the icon, etc. So I moved the icon to the Recycle bin and tried reruning the script, well the icon wouldn't show up again, the reg keys were there, but no icon, after some testing and searching I found that Windows XP had added the guid guid to the HideDesktopIcons\ClassicStartMenu key below:


If your icon doesn't show up, check there for the GUID and remove it.

Site icon Comment by MR Tech at November 5, 2004 10:24 PM | Permalink

Awsome, now I can integrate Firefox with the desktop so that people won't even remember IE.

Site icon Comment by Jaime at November 5, 2004 11:33 PM | Permalink

Cool! Any change to include this in the official builds?

Site icon Comment by minghong at November 6, 2004 08:30 AM | Permalink

Cool! Any chance to include this in the official builds?

Site icon Comment by minghong at November 6, 2004 08:36 AM | Permalink

Really great... thanks! :-)

Comment by Riccardo Cretti at November 6, 2004 10:43 AM | Permalink

Since I'm a Linux user, I had to give it a try on a Windows Machine, and liked it. This can help alot for newbies and non power users.

I found a way to make it even better - if the user deletes it from the desktop, it is not being deleted completly, so running the script again wont make it reappear on the user desktop. The required key to make it reappear is HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\HideDesktopIcons (at least in XP, it is visible twice - one for Classic theme, and one for XP-themes). I Can't find GUI to recover deleted 3rd party icons, so it need to be supplied by a script.

Comment by Tomer Cohen [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 6, 2004 11:04 AM | Permalink

FYI, the following thread in the mozillazine forums discuss the same concept:

Comment by Mogens Isager at November 8, 2004 07:52 PM | Permalink

If you delete the icon, you can add it back by using tweakUI one of the microsoft powertoys for XP (

Site icon Comment by Ricky Moorhouse at November 9, 2004 11:17 AM | Permalink

The chrome path to the options menu for the Thunderbird shortcut doesn't work. However this does:

thunderbird.exe -options

Comment by mcm at November 10, 2004 06:01 AM | Permalink

Many thanks for this.
It works great and it's useful

Site icon Comment by jeton at November 10, 2004 01:31 PM | Permalink

Site icon TrackBack from My mom uses Firefox at November 22, 2004 04:20 PM | Permalink

Site icon TrackBack from My mom uses Firefox at November 22, 2004 04:28 PM | Permalink

I like this script a lot - however, as I use MOOX's M3 build for regular browsing and keep the aviary around just in case I need to test an incompatibility in extensions, I was wondering if there was a way to re-write the script for a 3rd party build, specifying a non-default installation path (for example I have the MOOX build installed to C:\MOOX\Firefox CE\) and yet have it retain the rest, such as the context menu and such.

You might want to also know that I also am using 'shared' profiles, in which I have created the profiles in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ path as opposed to the default path by under c:\Documents and Settings\{username}\.... - which is good since I like to use the exact same environment regardless of whether I am logged in as an admin or as a regular user. Your script works well for allowing me to easily create new profiles for testing and whatnot, and I really appreciate it.

Comment by John L. Galt at August 11, 2005 11:30 PM | Permalink

Can anyone give a newbie the instructions on how to "Save the files and run then"?
Sure would like to use Firefox all the time but the missing "create shortcut for desktop" makes me go back to IE too often.

Comment by Patrick Reeves at May 10, 2006 06:51 PM | Permalink

I was wondering if you had perchance had a chance to play with Windows Vista, and would be willing to update he scripts to work with Vista, TB 1.5 and Fx 2?

Comment by John L. Galt at November 8, 2006 02:38 AM | Permalink

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