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Old 14. Oct 2018, 12:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How can I choose different browsers to open web pages

I have multiple browsers in my Windows 7 and XP. I have also made short cut icons on my desktop, to many of the most used web sites, using the drag and drop method from web pages. Usually I double click those icons and my 'Default Browser' opens those.

Instead of having any one browser as 'Default Browser' to open those web sites, is there a way that I can get the browser of my choice to open web sites of those icons on my desk top?

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Old 14. Oct 2018, 01:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Use custom shortcuts, like chrome.exe "url"
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To flesh out the previous post a bit more, here's some more detail.

Most web browsers allow command-line parameters to be appended. An important feature of command-line strings is the need to correctly use quotation marks (") to enclose delimiters so they aren't assumed to be part of the command. This means that spaces in file paths and slashes (/) in URLs need to be enclosed in quotation marks to ensure they are interpreted correctly

Here's the command-line to access this webpage in a new tab in Firefox on my computer. If Firefox is already running then the new tab will appear in the current window.
"C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" -URL "www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/internet-web-apps-and-networking/17335-how-can-i-choose-different-browsers-to-open-web-pages.html#post124506"

To use this in a shortcut I would create a Firefox shortcut then append the URL parameter to it:
-URL "www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/internet-web-apps-and-networking/17335-how-can-i-choose-different-browsers-to-open-web-pages.html#post124506"

I could also change the name of the shortcut so it makes sense.

I got the command details from the Firefox command-line options.
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I was hoping for some thing easier and snappy like the 'Open With' option in the right click menu for documents, videos etc., where I could choose among the available programs to open these.
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You can put a shortcut in the sendto folder that works that way, sends files to that program

Shell:sendto in Windows run command to open folder
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I was hoping for some thing easier and snappy like the 'Open With' option in the right click menu for documents, videos etc., where I could choose among the available programs to open these.
Are you aware that your website/URL shortcuts work like other files. You can drag and drop them onto an application shortcut? If you drop a URL shortcut onto a web browser shortcut then the browser will open a tab for that URL. This is the same result as the instructions I gave you above unless the web browser shortcut is already set to open other URLs in which case they will usually open in a new browser window.
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To use this in a shortcut I would create a Firefox shortcut then append the URL parameter to it:
I am unable to do the 'appending'. I really have no idea how to do this
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You can put a shortcut in the sendto folder that works that way, sends files to that program
Shell:sendto in Windows run command to open folder
This is working fine. Thank you.
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Are you aware that your website/URL shortcuts work like other files. You can drag and drop them onto an application shortcut? If you drop a URL shortcut onto a web browser shortcut then the browser will open a tab for that URL.
I did not know this. Thank you.
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Here's the command-line to access this webpage in a new tab in Firefox on my computer. If Firefox is already running then the new tab will appear in the current window.
"C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" -URL "www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/internet-web-apps-and-networking/17335-how-can-i-choose-different-browsers-to-open-web-pages.html#post124506"

To use this in a shortcut I would create a Firefox shortcut then append the URL parameter to it:
I am unable to do the 'appending'. I really have no idea how to do this and need help.
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Old 19. Oct 2018, 09:29 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Appending simply means joining onto the end by editing the target program command-line.

Here's more complete instructions that work for me on Windows 10 using Firefox as my web browser:

Create a web browser shortcut
  1. Create a Firefox shortcut by dragging the Firefox icon from the Start menu.
  2. Note that the keyboard shortcut Windows key + M will minimize all other windows.
Modify the web browser shortcut action
  1. Right-click on the Firefox shortcut and select Properties from the context menu.
  2. When the properties dialog appears you should be in the Shortcut tab where you can see that the Target entry is something like this:
    "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"
  3. Append means to attach to the end so edit the Target so it becomes:
    "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" -URL "www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/internet-web-apps-and-networking/17335-how-can-i-choose-different-browsers-to-open-web-pages.html#post124506"
  4. Click on the Apply button to save the change.
Modify the web browser shortcut name
  1. Now if you want to give the Firefox shortcut a name that identifies the URL you added, then go to the General tab and edit the first field which should say Firefox, e.g.:
    Gizmo's: Add URL to web browser shortcut
  2. Click on the Apply button or OK button.
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It is working fine. Thank you.
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