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How to send URL shortcuts to a specific browser such as Internet Explorer

IE is not my default browser. But still some links have to be sent to it in order for the right thing to happen (i.e. Microsoft Lync invitations, Live Meeting, InfoPath forms, etc.). So far I had the multi-click solution of opening IE, then clicking on a toolbar bookmark.

A coworker suggested to make the bookmarks shortcuts on the desktop for easier access. But as IE is not my default browser, that sends the link to Chrome in my case (Firefox or whatever in yours).

So, what I wanted was a Send To –> Internet Explorer:


Steps to set it up:

  • Open %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo
  • Drop a shortcut to the application you want to enable “Send to” for
  • In IE, with the page opened, do Alt + F (brings the File menu), Send –> Shortcut to Desktop


That’s it. Now you can send the shortcuts directly to IE.



  1. you can define the specific browswer to be used within the shortcut:
    “c:\program files\internet explorer\iexplore.exe”

    • Neither Daniel’s nor Shlomi’s suggestions work in Windows 7 – not even if you update the IE program paths to \Program files (x86)\. The Desktop shortcut will appear with the IE icon, but the shortcut is still executed by your default browser. :(

      If anyone knows of a *working* workaround, please reply to this thread(!)

    • Euro: looks like you didn’t understand what this post is about. It’s not about changing the default behavior of the double-click on a desktop shortcut, neither its icon or whatever.

      It’s about being able to ***right***-click, Send To -> [some browser].