I usually run several browsers at once. And keep changing my default browser randomly because i hate the concept of having a default at any time. I tried using an application that shows me a list instead, but it does not account for the ones that are running or not etc...
Now i just realized, that copying and pasting the URL is the way to go. I know which browsers are open, i know whats on the other tabs. I can look before pasting and change my mind. I can decide if i open a new tab or if i reuse one. i can decide where in the tab list i will open a new one. etc. pasting has several advantages that no browser selector will ever be able to match.
but copying the URL is a pain. specially since i can click by accident while doing so. and then i have to wait for the unwanted browser to open. close it. go back to copying. or i just click by reflex when i see a url i want to read from email...
So, since the "default browser" action is just sending a url to an application, what is the simpler way to send it the clipboard? is there a simple script i can use on windows to do that? on linux i did that with a one liner... but i don't know how to script windows without going full blown and installing cygwin, and i don't want to do that now.
found clip.exe that ships on windows by default, but passing info to it is tricky.
C:\>echo http://firstname.lastname@example.org/?x=1&y | clip http://email@example.com/?x=1 'y' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.
so i tried to add quotes... but now the url in the clipboard also has quotes...
how to use a custom default browser here:
edit 3: This is becoming a big project... will keep adding updates here. The script was taken care of by heavyd answer, so adding to clipboard is solved. but that only takes care of 50% of the problem, making that script the default browser is proving to be a huge problem.
decent way to notify the user (me :) of what happened, and what was copied to the clipboard before i change focus and paste. http://www.paralint.com/projects/notifu/