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Shortcut to Open a URL With Your Non-Default Browser

When you create a desktop shortcut for a URL, it is going to launch the URL with your default web browser.  What do you do if you want to create a shortcut to a URL, but have it open with a browser that isn’t set as your default?  An example would be the Library Online Administration page.  If Firefox is your default, you probably want to make a shortcut that will open it with Internet Explorer so that you can view the reports.  Follow these instructions to create a shortcut that will open a URL with your non-default web browser:

Shortcut to Open a URL with IE When Firefox is Default
  1. Click Start
  2. Click Programs
  3. Click-and-drag Internet Explorer to your desktop
  4. Right-click the new shortcut and select Properties
  5. On the Shortcut tab, click the Target field and move the cursor to the end of all the text
  6. Enter a single space and then enter your URL URL_IE
  7. Click Apply
  8. Click the General tab
  9. In the text field at the top, give your shortcut an appropriate name
  10. Click OK
Shortcut to Open a URL with Firefox when IE is Default
  1. Click Start
  2. Click Programs
  3. Click Mozilla Firefox
  4. Right-click the Mozilla Firefox icon and select Send To and then select Desktop (create shortcut)
  5. Right-click the new shortcut and select Properties
  6. On the Shortcut tab, click the Target field and move the cursor to the end of all the text
  7. Enter a single space and then enter your URL URL_FF
  8. Click Apply
  9. Click the General tab
  10. In the text field at the top, give your shortcut an appropriate name
  11. Click OK

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Nice. I like flexible, generic solutions with broad applications.

However, if Firefox is the default browser, users may prefer the IE View add-on to force specific pages into IE. It will switch to IE no matter how the site in question is launched (e.g. from another page, from email, from a shortcut, etc.).

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/35

Thanks for this. I can now open gmail with Chrome even though IE is my default browser. However, I now get a Windows 7 Security Warning every time asking "Do you want to open this file?". How can I get rid of this?

thank you for posting this information! Works great!

A client had the quotation marks in the wrong place so I am pleased that your post will help me sort it out for them.

This works with Chrome Also. I use it to open my gmail account. Love it.

Just what I needed, thanks much appreciated. Worked perfect.

Thanks for info....worked for me

I just wanted to say Thanks! This is a very useful tip...

Thank-you for such a great tip! Worked with Chrome also :)

Instead of telling people to drag the IE to their desktops you should tell them to copy and paste.

When I did this it removed it from my start menu and now I have no shortcut for IE in my start menu.

What is the exact url for executing a shortcut on chrome? Just leave it here so I can paste it.

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