How to Open A Desktop Shortcut in Your Non-Default Browser in Windows 7

The default browser on my main computer is Google Chrome, as I generally prefer to use that browser. But occasionally a certain site will work or look better in a different browser. This happens a lot with older Web apps that were specifically designed to work in Internet Explorer, and might be problematic when you try to use a different browser to view them.

But double-clicking a link to a Web page from your desktop will cause that page to open in your default browser, which can be a problem when you need to view the site in a different one. Our tutorial below will show you a technique that lets you make a new desktop shortcut that will open in a specific browser of your choosing.


Force a Web Page Shortcut to Open in a Specific Browser

The steps in this guide were performed on a computer running Windows 7. Note that you will need to have the URL of the Web page that you want to open with the link.

Step 1: Click the Start button at the bottom-left corner of your screen.

click the start button

Step 2: Click All Programs, then find the browser in which you would like to open the Web page. Don’t click any of them yet.

find the browser that you want to use to open the link



Step 3: Right-click on the browser, click Send to, then select Desktop (create shortcut).

create a shortcut on your desktop



Step 4: Right-click on the desktop shortcut you just created, then click Properties.

right-click the shortcut, then click properties



Step 5: Click inside the Target field, add a space after the value that is already in there, then type the URL of the Web page for your link. You can click the Apply button followed by the OK button when you are done.

how to force a web page shortcut to open in a specific browser

In the example above, the full value inside the Target field is:

“C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe”

The shortcut icon probably says the name of the Web browser right now, which may not be too helpful. If you return to the Properties window, you can click the General tab at the top of the window, then replace the value in the top field with whatever you would like to label the shortcut.

change the name of the desktop shortcut



Would you like to use a different default browser than the one that is currently set? Find out how to set Chrome as your default in Windows 7 so that every link you click will open in Chrome. newsletter

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