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I'm switching our company's preferred browser from IE to Chrome and I've run into a problem.

When opening file:// links on our intranet, they open in chrome rather than explorer.

Is there any way to get file:// links to open using explorer?

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Which one is your default browser? Chrome likes to makes itself default at any opportunity –  mvp Sep 26 '13 at 4:10
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I think what you're looking for is how to register an application to a certain URL protocol, in your case file://. This question was asked earlier, see the link [1] below. I know it's an old question, but you might find some pointers there.

[1] http://stackoverflow.com/questions/364895/register-an-application-to-a-url-protocol-all-browsers-via-installer

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I've tried changing the program to open file:// links to explorer.exe but chrome still opens them itself. –  improv32 Aug 16 '12 at 23:30
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I encountered this issue as well.

The reason behind it is security.

The security model of Chrome prevents/blocks the user from being able to open file:// links when the user selects (left clicks) the link, or selects to open them in a new window (middle click).

You will have to use an addon if you would like it anyway.

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