Why do I have to choose between IE7 and Firefox as the default browser? Why
can’t I set an option to right click an html file and then choose either IE7 or
Firefox to browse? Something similar to view/edit a jpg…right click and
choose “Open with” whatever viewer/editor is configured.
Well, just like a “.jpg” the system needs to know what to do when you
double click on a “.html” file, but I’m probably missing something
On my system at least you can do exactly what you describe.
I’ll show you.
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The “default browser” is really just a way for the system to know what
program should process web pages by default. Try it: click on
Start and then Run and type in
http://ask-leo.com and press OK. The system
needs to know what program to use to process that request, and it knows that
the default browser is used for those “http:” things.
It’s also used for “.html” files. This time we’ll use Windows Explorer.
Locate (or create) a “.html” file anywhere on your computer, and open Windows
Explorer on the folder containing it:
You can see it’s listed as a “Firefox Document”. Firefox is my default
browser, and if I double click on it Firefox opens and displays the file.
Now, right click on the file instead:
Here you can see that not only is there a Open With…
menu, but Internet Explorer is there in the open menu. Click
on Internet Explorer and it’ll be used to display the file
regardless of your default browser.
way to easily open a link in another browser.”
In other words, exactly what it seems you were asking for.
Now, there is another scenario that might be what you meant.
Once you’re in a browser, regardless of whether it’s Firefox or Internet
Explorer, all the links displayed will be opened with that same browser. Each
browser assumes that since you opened the page with that browser, you want all
subsequent pages to appear in the same browser.
And to be honest, it’s not an unreasonable assumption.
If you’re using Internet Explorer, I’m not aware of a way to easily open a
link in another browser.
Firefox, on the other hand, is a different story.
There are a couple of add-ins that add the ability to open a link in
Internet Explorer from within Firefox.
With such an extension installed, if I right click on a link then I have an
If I click on Open Link in IE Tab it does exactly that:
opens a new tab within Firefox, and then uses Internet Explorer to display the
I use the IE Tab extension to
Firefox. It has additional options that allow you to open a link in any
external application including Internet Explorer, instead of inside a tab as