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Open URL Shortcut in non-default Browser

I use a number of different web browsers and when I create Desktop shortcuts to URLs they are always opened using the current default browser, in my case Chrome. Sometimes, you may want to open the URL in a different browser and an easy way to do this is to create a new shortcut.

This is how I managed to create a new, relevant shortcut on my Windows 7 Desktop.

  • Right Click on the Desktop and choose New … Shortcut
  • This launches a dialog “What item would you like to create a shortcut for? Insert the full path to the Web Browser program. On my Windows 7 64-bit machine, this was “C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe”
    Click Next, and in the next page enter a name for the shortcut, then click Finish.
  • This will create a shortcut on the desktop.
  • Right Click on the Shortcut and choose Properties.
  • In the Shortcut tab, enter the required URL at the end of the string in the Target: box so that the complete entry now reads “C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe” http://bbc.co.uk
  • Cick OK to close the properties dialog.

Now, when you click on the shortcut, the required Web Browser will open on the relevant web page.