Desktop shortcut icons have been changed to actual files on desktop.
I'm running Windows 10 Home 21H2 and Firefox 96.0.2.
Former Firefox shortcuts have been changed to actual files with a .url extention on the desktop.
For example, a shortcut named Sinkinson Ancestry became Sinkinson Ancestry.com.url My Chrome shortcuts are unaffected (see attached images)
Maybe because Firefox is currently the default browser. A internet shortcut (.url) always opens the default browser. The Google Chrome shortcut opens Google Chrome with the page specified via the target line. You can create such a desktop shortcut yourself as well via a copy of the Firefox desktop shortcut and modify its target line.
Thank you for your note.
Any idea why shortcuts on my desktop turned into .url files? I must have touched something but haven't got any idea of what.
Some of the .url files were in a folder and shortcuts to them were all that were on the desktop.
I even ran the DISM series and sfc /scannow. No corruption or problems there.
I can rebuild shortcuts but would like to understand and avoid the problem in the future.