How to Stop Internet Explorer From Opening All Web Shortcuts

By Kevin Lee

Take control of Web shortcuts by making them open in your favorite browser.
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Web browsers, like other Windows applications, know when it's their turn to work for you. Click a Web shortcut, for example, and Internet Explorer may display the shortcut's Web page. That default action happens when Windows creates an association between Web shortcuts and the Internet Explorer application. If you would like to use another browser to view those shortcuts, make a quick change to the settings window that manages your default program associations.

Move your mouse cursor to the upper right corner and click "Search."

Type "Default Programs" and click the "Default Programs" icon to view the Set Default Programs window that displays a list of your installed programs.

Scroll through the list and click the browser you'd like Windows to use to open all Web shortcuts. The Set Default Programs window opens and displays a short description of the browser along with two buttons.

Click the "Set this Program as Default" button, and then click "OK" to make the browser the default app that opens your Web shortcuts.


If you drag a website's icon from Internet Explorer's address bar to create a desktop shortcut, IE will always open when you click that shortcut. Prevent that from happening by holding down your "Shift" key when you drag a site icon to the desktop. If your desktop already has one of these types of shortcuts, double-click it to visit the Web page in Internet Explorer, hold down your "Shift" key and drag the site's icon from the browser's address bar to the desktop.