Create a Shortcut to Open Multiple Websites

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There are many times in an agency when you need to access multiple insurance company websites simultaneously. One example that comes to mind is quoting a small commercial policy. If you’re not using a comparative quoting platform, you need to go to individual carrier websites.

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Windows includes the capability of running what’s called a batch file that you can use to automate the process of opening multiple websites in your default browser with a single click. Here is how to do it.

You will need to use a plain text editor like Notepad, which is included as part of your Windows installation. (You do not want to use Microsoft Word as it will include extraneous characters in your file.) To open Notepad, tap your Windows button and then type in “note.” This will bring up the Notepad application.

Paste into Notepad this information:

@echo off
start https://www.thebezosletters.com
start https://www.abcinsurance.com
start https://www.xyzinsurance.com

Edit the above URLs to reflect the websites that you want to open.

In Notepad, click File | Save as and name the file with something that makes sense to you, like SCQuote (Small Commercial Quotes). Do not use the default .txt file extension. Replace it with .bat and save the file to your computer. You might want to put it on your desktop so you have immediate access to it.

Clicking on this file will run the batch program and automatically open the website you have included in your default browser.

You can create multiple shortcuts like this depending on your specific needs.

Yes, this is a bit geeky but is a great example of how automating a simple task can save you a little bit of time and frustration.

What other ideas do you have for using this capability? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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2 thoughts on “Create a Shortcut to Open Multiple Websites

  1. Thanks for reminding me of the really useful things you can do with a little bit of batch file programming. Takes me back a few years, when I used to run a batch file as part of my laptop’s startup routine that would backup a few critical files (to diskette! Sheesh, am I old! Remember 3.5″ diskettes?) and open a couple of Windows programs, minimized. Even in today’s computers, batch files can automate tasks when no other applications can.

  2. I use a great little tool called OneTab that is a Chrome Extension and you can easily capture all of your open websites in One Tab and open them all with a single click… you can also rename the ‘set’ of tabs or lock them and you can also combine multiple OneTab ‘menus’ into a single OneTab and share them with colleagues.