Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: How to force a hyperlink to open in IE?

25 Oct 2010   #1

How to force a hyperlink to open in IE?

If a user is running Chrome or Firefox
and the target web page is only going to run in IE
(example: Browser Check),
is there a way to force the URL to open in IE?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Oct 2010   #2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86

You can create a desktop shortcut to "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe", then right-click it, click properties, and change the target to "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" <your url>.

Also for firefox, theres the IE tab extension. But you'll need to locate it for the latest firefox version.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Oct 2010   #3

Windows 7 32 bit

If it's something you need frequently, there are some utilities to make it convenient. One is:
Browser Chooser

Another is not browser only. I wrote a hotkey utility called Selector. It's sort of a launch pad that uses selected text or clipboard text as the param to the program. In your example case, copy the link to clipboard, hit the hotkey, select the Clipboard Text radio button(default is Selected Text) then double click on the app in the list.

You add apps to the list by hitting the hotkey, then dragging and dropping either the exe file itself, or a shortcut, onto the popup window. The program is also very cool for picking stuff out of an editor as parameter. Select any text in any app and pass it as param to a program.

Selector is free to use at your own risk. You can download from my page:

My System SpecsSystem Spec


 How to force a hyperlink to open in IE?

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
force programs to open in the background
Do you know how to access the settings for this? I recall being able to do this in Win 98 I want to be able to force the system to open programs in the back ground. For example I Click on two programs in some order Say one is Firefox and the second is T-bird. Say Firefox opens and I'm...
General Discussion
Chrome crashes when I try to open a hyperlink from My Email client
Ok, when I open my email client, whatever it may be I had an email from someone that had a HTTP link to a forum for me. When I click on this link, Google Chrome, my default browser tries to open the link, but all that happens is my extensions in Chrome all report crashing in the bottom right corner...
Browsers & Mail
Hyperlink syntax to open a parent site and then child site
I may not have this under the correct section and please keep in mind that I am not a programmer but here goes. I am trying to add a hyperlink in Outlook 2007 signature file that will open a child site, but the child site seems to need some personalized information in the cache that comes from...
Browsers & Mail
opening hyperlink should open in new window
In the past, when using the Firefox browser, whenever I opened a hyperlink, it opened in a new window. This suddenly doesn't work anymore. In both, the Firefox and Google Chrome browser, opening a hyperlink opens in the same window and gets rid of the previous website. And the backup button...
Browsers & Mail
how to force any *.sdf file to open with My program ?
hi how to force any *.sdf file to open with My program ? for example: every *.sdf file will open with this program: d:\MyProg.exe i need any registry value for this how to do it ?
General Discussion

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:26.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App