Does any one know how to open a specific browser for specific links?
I have two links that I want to open in IE and others in Chrome. Is this even possible?
Answer / Explanation / Technical:
No, there is no practical way to do that. Windows has a list of “handlers” which tell it what to do (eg what program to run) when different types of files and system objects are activated (eg opened). The list is limited to types which for the most part just includes extensions (eg .EXE,
Bookmarks (ie, “browser links”) are plain-text files with a
For what you want, Windows would need to know how to open the file, read and parse it, analyze the URL and make a decision based on that. There is just no way for that to happen.
Theoretically there could be a way to practically implement file-name/contents-specific handlers. Preview handlers allow Windows to read a file and provide information about it (eg video length and thumbnail, audio bitrate, # words in a DOC file, etc.), so the framework is there, but currently, there is just no way to perform content-specific actions.
If there really are only two links (ie you do not create new bookmarks often), then the closest you can come to doing a URL-specific handler would be to create your own file-type (eg
Better Solution 1:
If your issue is that certain sites require IE (eg Windows Update), then a much easier option would be to install an extension like IE Tab. The better ones even let you configure it to automatically use an IE-based tab for specified URLs.
Better Solution 2:
Another option as suggested by Psycogeek is to create a normal desktop shortcut to pass the URL to IE instead of using an actual Internet shortcut (aka bookmark):
Now instead of a bookmark file, it creates a Windows shortcut (a binary
Like the possible solution presented above, it makes the assumption that there are few items that require special treatment since it means a little more work to create and maintain them. Note that because these are Windows shortcuts instead of bookmarks, they will not be treated as expected in certain scenarios that work with bookmarks such as backups, duplicate detection, bookmark managers, etc. However, if there are just a small handful of special-case URLs, then it should not be too much of a problem to work-around it.
I created a shortcut on my desktop:
Add a space between
When you click on it, you will go to
I resized the IE window and dragged and dropped the shorcut to the links bar in IE.