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can I launch urls from command line(windows) directly.

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@Isaac, have you heard of superuser? –  hasenj Sep 6 '09 at 5:12
yeah should have gone to Super User instead. –  Mauris Sep 6 '09 at 6:22
I always thought iexplore www.google.com would work i'm sure i've done it in the past loads of times, but it didn't. So, stick c:\program files\internet explorer, in the path and it will. Personally I make another environment variable for long boring stuff like MOREPATH="c:\program files\internet explorer". Then path=.......;%MOREPATH% That's in control panel..system..environment variables. now iexplore www.google.com will damn well work! –  barlop May 22 '11 at 17:38
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Yes, with the start command. Example:

start "http://www.google.com"

That will use the user's default browser.

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Remember to use start "" "some://url?with=special&chars=:->" otherwise things will break. –  Јοеу Sep 6 '09 at 7:22
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What's "launch" in this context? You can start http://www.foo.bar/ or the like, your default browser will come up and visit that URL -- is that what you mean?

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Here's a cheap approach that will work on XP at least:

"%PROGRAMFILES%\Internet Explorer\IExplore" "http://www.msn.com"
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Ouch... and msn.com no less. –  harpo Sep 6 '09 at 5:09
first thing that came to mind...for no apparent reason whatsoever –  David Andres Sep 6 '09 at 6:38
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you can use

start http://www.google.com

Interestingly only following combination are working for above url :

start www.google.com
start http://google.com
start http://blog.google.com

But following is not working :

start google.com
start asp.net
start blog.google.com

I think it is because in the later example google.com and asp.net are treated as files and it tries to find google.com file and gives error on not finding it.

I think it is hardcoded for www. Any better guesses ?

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You've launched your url from a command-line directly (i.e. without running another program first).

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Is this C#? This does not work for me on Windows 7 using cmd.exe. –  iglvzx Jun 6 '12 at 19:06
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