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Desktop Icon Installation Instructions

Most modern devices (Android smartphones and tablets, iPhone smartphones and tablets using the iOS operating system, Windows phones and Blackberries) provide the user with the ability to bookmark a website and place an associated icon on their desktop for rapid browsing of often-visited sites.

Please use the links below to navigate to your specific device and browser for associated instructions on how to bookmark the Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal website and place an icon on your device's desktop.

Android Devices

For Google Chrome

Step 1. Launch Chrome for Android, and open the website or web page you want to pin to your home screen.

Step 2. Tap the menu button and tap "Add to home screen." You will be able to enter a name for the shortcut and then Chrome will add it to your home screen. The icon will appear on your home screen like any other app shortcut or widget, so you can drag it around and put it wherever you prefer. Chrome for Android loads the website as a "web app" when you tap the icon, so it will get its own entry in the app switcher and will not have any browser interface getting in the way.

For Internet Explorer

Step 1. On your Android Device, open your Default Mobile Browser.

Step 2. On your mobile browser, load any page that you like. It can be a page that leads to a download link, resource site, etc. The type of page does not matter.

Step 3. Once you have loaded the web page, press the menu key or "Settings" button. On the list of options, press "More" then select "Add shortcut to the home screen."

For Mozilla FireFox

Step 1. Tap the menu button.

Step 2. Tap the "Page" option.

Step 3. Tap "Add to Home Screen."

iPhone (iOS) Devices

For Safari

Note: Due to the limitations in Apple's iOS, only Apple's own Safari browser allows you to add a shortcut to your home screen.

Step 1. Launch the Safari browser on Apple's iOS and navigate to the website or web page you want to add to your home screen.

Step 2. Tap the "Share" button on the browser's toolbar — that's the rectangle with an arrow pointing upward. It's on the bar at the top of the screen on an iPad, and on the bar at the bottom of the screen on an iPhone or iPod Touch.

Step 3. Tap the "Add to Home Screen" icon in the Share menu.

Windows Phone

For Internet Explorer

Step 1. First, open the website you want to pin in Internet Explorer.

Step 2. Tap the "More (...)" button and tap "Pin to Start" in the menu that appears. Windows Phone 8.1 supports live tile updates from websites that have configured the feature, just as Windows 8 does.

For Google Chrome

Step 1. Open the chrome on your android smartphone or tablet and go to the webpage on which you would like to create a bookmark.

Step 2. Press the settings button — it's three vertical dots, located in the top right of the screen—from here press the start symbol.

Step 3. Press the star symbol to go to the bookmarks menu. From there, you can edit the web page name and select which bookmarks folder you want to save it into.

Step 4. From here go back to the Browser settings menu, and then open the Bookmarks folder. Locate your newly created bookmark and press and hold your finger on the bookmark you want to place on your home screen. Once you've done this, you will see a new menu appear and in the list will be an option ADD to home screen. Press this option.

Step 5. This completes the process. You may now move the bookmark where you want it on your screen by pressing + holding + dragging the new bookmark icon.

For Mozilla FireFox

There are currently no ways to pin sites with Firefox on a Windows device.

Blackberry Devices (for all browsers)

Open any web browser, go to a website, and press the action key followed by tapping ADD to the Home Screen.

Tip: Depending on how many websites you add to your home screen, consider putting the icons in a specific folder.

Page created: March 04, 2015
Page updated: March 04, 2015
Page reviewed: March 04, 2015
The conclusions, findings, and opinions expressed by authors contributing to this journal do not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Public Health Service, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the authors' affiliated institutions. Use of trade names is for identification only and does not imply endorsement by any of the groups named above.
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