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If I create a shortcut with this "ftp://x.x.x.x", it will open default browser and go to that ftp. Is there any way to let the shortcut open that FTP in explorer?

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The following are the steps to map the FTP site as a drive on your computer which in turn can be opened with Windows Explorer.

  1. Open the Control Panel and go to Internet Options
  2. Go to the Advanced tab and under Browsing make sure that Enable FTP folder view (outside of Internet Explorer)
  3. Scroll down to Use Passive FTP (for Firewall and DSL modem compatibility.) and make sure that it's checked.
  4. Go to Computer and at the top click Map Network Drive
  5. Type in the address of the FTP site
  6. Type in the login credentials
  7. You should now be able to access that FTP as a drive within Windows Explorer

*Note: If there are any mistakes in my post, please edit them accordingly.

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Control Panel > Folder Options
File Types Tab

Extension: (NONE), File Types: URL: File Transfer Protocol

Actions: open

Application used to perform action:

Change that part, and "Application" to use Internet Explorer (iexplore.exe) instead.

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unfortunately Windows 7 doesn't have File Type Tab in Folder Options. – Stan Apr 28 '11 at 21:08
@Stan Ah really? I'm on an XP box right now. There should be an equivalent somewhere. – Resorath Apr 28 '11 at 21:09

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