Manage webloc shortcut files in OS X

Besides using markers, you can store the URLs in individual files in OS X.

One feature that supports OS X is creating URL links in the search engine, you really like aliases for files and folders provide a means of loading a particular web page or a Web resource. Browser bookmarks and favorites are, perhaps, in a more complete and convenient to manage frequently accessed URLs, but the ability to access links through the Finder is still an option that could be useful for some.
To create a URL link, simply select the URL (or the favicon next to the URL) in the address bar of your Internet browser and drag it to the desktop or another folder in the Finder. This will create an OS X property list XML file that contains the URL, and add the suffix “. Webloc” her.

Webloc files in OS X

The webloc files will open to the stored URL, regardless of what you name the file.

(Credit: Screenshot by Topher Kessler/CNET)
From here you can get the link files in a folder or other location for easy access.
Webloc files will open your default web browser and load the specific webpage in a new window. For most Macs, this is Apple’s Safari, Web browser, but you can adjust this to be another browser if necessary. For this purpose, information about the file webloc and the “Open with” section choose another browser to handle the files. If you want all files webloc to open in a particular browser by default, then once you have selected the browser, click “Change All …” button.

While markers may still be preferable webloc files can be useful, especially for testing Web sites. By creating multiple files webloc to a single page, you can assign a different browser to open each one. This way, you can select and open all files webloc loads the site of interest in various browsers.


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