How do I set a default browser for specific websites?

Elise September 19, 2011

My preferred browser is Chrome (for all kinds of reasons, including speed and integration with apps I like), but certain company intranet and subscription sites, like timesheets and research tools, only work in IE7.

I have Windows 7 and know about the possibility of assigning different defaults to different protocols, but I specifically need ~5 sites (which are my IE “Favorites”) to launch automatically in IE through links and through Launchy. Anyone know how I might make this happen through the Defaults pane in Windows 7, Launchy, or command script settings?

  1. Waltsu
    July 5, 2012 at 6:52 am

    None of the above suggestions solve the actual problem. I have the same issue.
    I have Chrome as default browser, but I would like to open company intranet links from emails to IE, as Chrome does not fully support all our intranet features.

  2. T@bM3
    September 28, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    The above methods opens pages as separate instances, different IE window for each page. How could you do this and utilize tabs, one instance of IE with multiple tabs...

    • Anonymous
      September 29, 2011 at 1:20 am

      I have tested my opens the file in a new tab of IE not new window..I think you try first ! using shortcuts of the same html file in the startmenu, quick launch or anywhere else will do exactly what is mentioned in the question. and will become more handy.
      thank you.

  3. Anonymous
    September 28, 2011 at 4:07 am

    1. go to your favorite web site:
    2. save webpage in html format by pressing ctrl+s on desktop (or any where)
    3. now go to desktop (or wherever you saved the webpage)
    4.right click on the webpage and to go to properties (the last option) set internet explorer as default program to open that hmt/html page by changing the open with. you can double click it and it will open in I.exlporer (you will also notice the icon change)
    you can also create a shortcut on saved web page and place them anywhere on your pc. to access you favorite sites.
    Refresh the page after opening it, or click anywhere on a link to load the page normally which wil switch it to online from offline.

    • Lee
      September 28, 2011 at 7:52 pm

      This method will save the page as actual html file, not just as a shortcut. I was going to recommend a similar method. You could make shortcuts to the pages you want to open, then type the shortcut name in Launchy to open it. Or you could set a keyboard shortcut to open each page, for example:
      Ctrl + Alt + F could open Facebook
      Ctrl + Alt + G could open Google, etc.

      • Anonymous
        September 28, 2011 at 11:22 pm

        actually if you create just a shortcut, without saving the web page, it will be opened in the default web browser. which is not IE in this case,m thats why i suggested to create an html file. and then create its shortcut, then only it can work.

  4. Tina
    September 22, 2011 at 5:21 pm


    did any of the solutions above work for you? Please let us know. Thank you!

  5. Mike
    September 20, 2011 at 3:07 am

    Since you prefer Chrome why don't you take a look into the "Internet Explorer" tab extensions?
    (the first few results of that search)

  6. Jeffery Fabish
    September 19, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    Why not set your Internet Explorer's homepages to those of which you only want to open with Internet Explorer, then configure Chrome's homepage to those you only want to open in Chrome? 

    You can also do this via a batch application. Open up a notepad and chose "File" -> "Save As" -> Save it to your desktop. The file name can be anything as long as it ends in ".bat", an example is "launch.bat". Then for "Save As Type" chose "All Files" and press Save.

    Then paste this into the notepad and press save again:
    @echo off
    start iexplore

    This will cause "iexplore" (internet explorer) to launch, however it will force "" to open in your default web browser. So as long as Google chrome is your default web browser, google will open only in Chrome. You can add more lines to it as follows (replace the original file's contents with this):

    @echo off
    start iexplore
    start iexplore //
    start iexplore

    Then save it and open "launch.bat".

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