A common complaint from users of Symbian^3 (Nokia's smartphone operating system platform) phones is that web browser bookmarks placed into shortcut widgets on the home screen share the same icon, making it impossible to see which bookmark belongs to which web site. The solution is, fortunately, very simple: you can very easily create a small application that does nothing but launches the browser with the URL you set and can have its own icon.

All it takes are three files, one of them being the icon itself.

Create a folder named openURL anywhere on you computer. Place into the folder three files:

1. The program code, filename: widget.html

The content of the file will be as follows:

  <script type="text/javascript">
  targetURL = "";

  function doRedirect() {
    try {
    catch (e) {
      window.location = targetURL;
  <body onload='doRedirect();'>
    <button style='width: 100%; height: 100%;' onclick='doRedirect();'>Go</button>

In the fifth line, replace with the URL you want to point to.

2. The description, filename: info.plist

The content of the file will be as follows:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Nokia//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "">
<plist version="1.0">

Replace the two red parts. The first will be the name that appears as the name of this little application on the phone, among the installed applications and will describe it when you want to add it to the home screen. Find something that shows you what the URL is about.

The second red part should be unique for your small application. A good idea would be to use a GUID (there are online generators for this purpose) but you can also create something from your name like or similar.

3. The icon, filename: icon.png

Draw, create, download an icon image file of your choice. Its format has to be PNG and the size should be 88 by 88 pixels. You can use all colors plus real transparency (including shadows) to make sure it looks just like you want it.


To use it, all you have to do is to pack the three files with the outer folder into a simple ZIP file. The hierarchy will then be:

Finally, simply rename this package to have the .wgz extension. Instead of Example, use your name chosen in Section 2. Eg, if you decided to create a bookmark to Google, the final package name will be Google.wgz.


Send the small application to your phone using any usual transfer means (Bluetooth, attach to the computer with USB cable and transfer to the \Install folder, send via e-mail or download from the web). Once on the phone, install it just like any other application. Alternatively, you can use Nokia Suite to install it for you, if it is setup to do that: just click on the .wgz file, Nokia Suite will be launched and after you connect your phone, follow the instructions on-screen.

When installed, the small program (only about 5 kB in size) will appear among your applications in the phone menu, with the name and icon you chose. Use it directly from the menu or put it into a shortcut on your home screen. It will appear among the other applications under the name you provided.

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