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I am on a Windows 10 machine here, and entering an URL into the start menu search will only give me the option to open that website with edge, even though a different default browser is installed. If I run

explorer http://www.google.com/

from the command line, the website opens in my default browser, which is not edge. However, if I press the start button and type http://www.google.com, Enter, it will open the website in edge.

Question: (How) can I setup Windows such that entering a URL into the start menu search will open it with my default browser?

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This seems to be some inconsistency of the Windows 10 Start Menu.

Until it is fixed by Microsoft, you could instead use Win+R to enter the URL, since this will honor your default browser setting.

Otherwise, if you are looking for a better Start Menu, I recommend the free Classic Shell.

  • I could never really settle on using 3rd party software for the start menu. This was the final nail though, I installed Classic Shell as you suggested and it works great. Solves other annoying problems as well. Thanks! – Jesko Hüttenhain Aug 18 '17 at 8:13

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