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    Can I override the default browser for a single shortcut?

    I run IE-9 as my default browser under Windows 7. I also have FireFox installed and use it occasionally.

    When I create a shortcut for an internet location I simply type in the URL and then save it. When I click on that shortcut it starts IE (my default browser) and takes me there. My question is can I create a shortcut with a URL but have it use FireFox for that shortcut. I still want to keep IE as the default browser.
    I looked at the shortcut properties but don't see any place to specify the browser.

    Can this be done?

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    You can't specify the browser in a URL shortcut. You need to create a shortcut that runs Firefox with the URL on the end - preceded by a space.

    cheers, Paul

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    Yes, it is possible to achieve what you want. Add a shortcut to the browser and then edit the shortcut properties, and append the url to the target. For example, this is a possible target value:

    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" windowssecrets.com/forums

    So, I guess the key is to have a shortcut for the browser and not for the URL, actually. You can rename the shortcut and can even change it's icon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruirib View Post
    Yes, it is possible to achieve what you want. Add a shortcut to the browser and then edit the shortcut properties, and append the url to the target. For example, this is a possible target value:

    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" windowssecrets.com/forums

    So, I guess the key is to have a shortcut for the browser and not for the URL, actually. You can rename the shortcut and can even change it's icon.
    I do all of my website shortcuts this way. Not only does it let you specify the browser to use, but also, it always opens up a new browser window for the desired website.

    If you put only the web address in as your target for the shortcut, and you already have a browser window open, it will change the web address of the open browser window to the new address. I prefer that a new, separate window be opened for the new web page.

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    When I want/need a URL link or IE shortcut to load in a specific browser other than default, I simply drag & drop it to a selected open browser that I wish to use.

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