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when I drag a favicon to my desktop it becomes a Firefox shortcut icon instead!
I know that you can create a simple shortcut to a web page by dragging the favicon icon for the page from the top bar to the desktop. My problem is that whenever I attempt to do so, I end up creating a shortcut that has the firefox symbol -- the unique icon of the website fails to carry over to the desktop. I am not having the same problem in History or in Bookmarks, just my desktop.
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If you drag a link or favicon on the left end of the location bar onto the desktop to create an internet shortcut then that shortcut gets the icon of the default browser.
If you want a different icon (favicon) then you have to assign that icon yourself to the desktop shortcut (right-click: Properties).
You can usually get the favicon if you append "favicon.ico" to the main domain of a website (e.g. http://www.mozilla.com/favicon.ico ) to display the favicon in a tab and save that image to a folder or see if you can find it in "Tools > Page Info > Media".