I have a couple .url shortcuts for some Silverlite material but my default browser (Chrome) can't use Silverlite. Is there a way to force the .url to open specifically in Internet Explorer instead of Chrome?

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    You may also look into an extension called 'IE Tab'. It will allow you to open IE windows from within Chrome. It can also be configured to automatically do this everytime you go there (meaning you'd just use a regular .URL file but Chrome would then open an IE tab for this site when visited). chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/ie-tab/…
    – krowe
    Jan 13, 2016 at 23:47

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You didn't mention which OS you use but you can make an OS shortcut to launch your URL. In nearly all versions of Windows, right-click on the desktop and select new -> shortcut then enter iexplore.exe followed by the URL like so: Create Shortcut Dialog

That should open in IE just fine.


To make this work with a shortcut key you simply need to assign a shortcut key to it. You do this by right clicking the shortcut and selecting Properties.

Properties dialog

You need to pick a shortcut combination that is otherwise unused. The shortcut must also be on the desktop or start menu for this to work.

Alternatively, you can put the shortcut on your quick launch bar. If you do this you must use the key combination of Win + 1 - 0 to launch it depending on it's order in the quick launch bar (the first items is 1 and the 10th is 0).

  • Would this work to drag-n-drop other URLs/shortcuts onto this shortcut, opening any of them?
    – Xen2050
    Jan 13, 2016 at 23:32
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    No but if you remove the URL from this and just use iexplore.exe then you can drag URLs to desktop (making a .url file) and then you can drag that onto it and open it.
    – krowe
    Jan 13, 2016 at 23:35
  • That sounds more generally useful to me, +1
    – Xen2050
    Jan 13, 2016 at 23:40
  • One issue: This isn't allowing me to use any keyboard shortcuts to open it. This was the main reason to create the .lnk in the first place.
    – Patrick vD
    Jan 19, 2016 at 20:53
  • @PatrickvD See my update for information about doing that.
    – krowe
    Jan 21, 2016 at 4:43

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