Creating a Windows desktop link

Windows question:

If I create a desktop shortcut with this link:


it will open in Microsoft edge.

What is the syntax for the protocol to replace “microsoft-edge” so it will open with microsoft internet explorer?

You have to do it from the desktop.

I read that exact suggestion, but every time I put in the link
“C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe”
it adds C:\ at the beginning
C:\"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe”
and then fails to work.

Weird, works ok for me…
Target field: “C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe”

Have you tried making a bat file?..

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It works for me too…although you need to make sure you get the “” s in the right place. Tested on W7 64bit. How about using the default program set up to use iexplore instead of edge? (type default programs into the start menu window) …mind you…is there a specific reason for wanting to use iexplore anyway? It is such a bloated piece of software, I would suggest you try Opera for windows

Some web pages are still hardcoded for IE. I have to make shortcuts like this all the time for work. (931 Bytes)

I did end up doing it with the target field…I hadn’t been able to get it to work from the New Shortcut wizard alone.

The reason I need IE (ugh) is that the target file is on a Sharepoint (swearpoint) page, and Chrome insists on downloading a copy, instead of letting me edit the shared copy of the file directly.

Thanks to everyone who helped!

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Wonder if the new Edge(reskinned chromium) does that?

echo "firefox --new-window" > ~/Desktop/youtube"
chmod a+X ~/Desktop/youtube

Oops, that’s linux. :slight_smile:


There you go.


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ln -s /usr/local/bin/internetexplorer ~/

where internet explorer is a sh script to launch a real browser and use the link name $0 as the site. :slight_smile:

I have spent all afternoon and evening trying to figure this out. I just cant seem to make sense of it. I have even re-formated my Windows 10 computer, but still need help.

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I hope you are see we were kidding. :grimacing:. That isn’t a windows command. That is a linux command.

Oh no! I lost the last decade of family pictures for nothing?!

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You can restore them with this special command:

Stop blindly copying commands from the Internet!

Dang. That’s harsh.

Oh I was thinking launch a VM with Windows XP and IE6. Because IE6 is so widely loved.