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Why won't my default browser stay set to Firefox?

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Why won't my default browser stay set to Firefox?

dbpropp1
When I start Firefox, it advises me that it is not the default browser, and would I like to set it as the default. I've used Firefox for a long time and it never did this before.

Recently, it has asked this every time I start Firefox, and every time I click OK to make it the default browser - but the next time I click a URL link, or a program tries to open one, it opens in Internet Explorer (8.0).

What do I do to fix this, and does anyone have an idea about what happened?

Thanks!
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    OldER Mycroft

    The instructions to remedy this will vary depending which flavour of Windows you are using.

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    OldER Mycroft

    Sorry - after closing my previous reply, I noticed this line "..but the next time I click a URL link, or a program tries to open one, it opens in Internet Explorer (8.0)."

    Where are you finding these URLs to click on, if you don't already have a browser running?

    Also, you have to take into account that if a PROGRAM is opening an online link, the default browser has NO CONTROL over what the Program specifies. The Program will open whichever browser the Program has been set to use. :)

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    TexDad

    In Windows 7 RC1:

    click Start, Control Panel, [view by (Small or Large) Icons], Default Programs, Associate a file type or protocol with a program

    Check extensions: .htm and .html

    Notice, they can be set to 2 different programs, such that a .htm extension could be opened by Firefox, and a .html extension could be opened by Internet Explorer.

    Further, check the bottom of the list for the HTTP and HTTPS protocol associations.

    As another poster alluded to: these file associations are for links called (clicked on) when the PROGRAM calling them does not override Window's defaults. (Now that I think about it, I vaguely remember certain links on some web sites that would force open Internet Explorer, even though I had Firefox as the default association, but don't quote me on that! :-) )

    As an afterthought, I do not know which takes precedence: the extension association or the protocol association. In other words, suppose both .htm and .html are set to open with Firefox, but both the HTTP and HTTPS protocols are set to open with Internet Explorer. Some programs recognize a simple link: www.techrepublic.com , but others only recognize a full link: http://www.techrepublic.com

    As a quick and dirty test: I just set my HTTP protocol association to Internet Explorer. Then, in an Excel cell, I typed: www.techrepublic.com , which Excel interpreted as a link (I did not type the http:// , but, while hovering over the cell, Excel showed it to be a full link. When I clicked on it, it opened in Internet Explorer. When I changed the HTTP protocol association to Firefox, the clicked link in the cell opened in Firefox.

    Your mileage may vary.

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    For a Mac:
    You have to set the Firefox as default browser in the preferences of Firefox.
    Open Safari, click the Safari menu > Preferences > General tab. Choose your default browser.

    For Windows:
    SetBrowser 1.4
    http://softwaredownloadmirror.com/freeware/setbrowser-1.4/282589/stbrws14.exe


    SetBrowser 1.4 description
    A very simple program that lets you set the default web browser in Windows. Select the browser you want, and the program will modify the required registry settings. Can now also automatically locate the browser. A valuable tool for anybody who uses more than one web browser on their system (e.g. if you switch between Netscape and Microsoft Internet.

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    OldER Mycroft

    The instructions to remedy this will vary depending which flavour of Windows you are using.

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    OldER Mycroft

    Sorry - after closing my previous reply, I noticed this line "..but the next time I click a URL link, or a program tries to open one, it opens in Internet Explorer (8.0)."

    Where are you finding these URLs to click on, if you don't already have a browser running?

    Also, you have to take into account that if a PROGRAM is opening an online link, the default browser has NO CONTROL over what the Program specifies. The Program will open whichever browser the Program has been set to use. :)

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    TexDad

    In Windows 7 RC1:

    click Start, Control Panel, [view by (Small or Large) Icons], Default Programs, Associate a file type or protocol with a program

    Check extensions: .htm and .html

    Notice, they can be set to 2 different programs, such that a .htm extension could be opened by Firefox, and a .html extension could be opened by Internet Explorer.

    Further, check the bottom of the list for the HTTP and HTTPS protocol associations.

    As another poster alluded to: these file associations are for links called (clicked on) when the PROGRAM calling them does not override Window's defaults. (Now that I think about it, I vaguely remember certain links on some web sites that would force open Internet Explorer, even though I had Firefox as the default association, but don't quote me on that! :-) )

    As an afterthought, I do not know which takes precedence: the extension association or the protocol association. In other words, suppose both .htm and .html are set to open with Firefox, but both the HTTP and HTTPS protocols are set to open with Internet Explorer. Some programs recognize a simple link: www.techrepublic.com , but others only recognize a full link: http://www.techrepublic.com

    As a quick and dirty test: I just set my HTTP protocol association to Internet Explorer. Then, in an Excel cell, I typed: www.techrepublic.com , which Excel interpreted as a link (I did not type the http:// , but, while hovering over the cell, Excel showed it to be a full link. When I clicked on it, it opened in Internet Explorer. When I changed the HTTP protocol association to Firefox, the clicked link in the cell opened in Firefox.

    Your mileage may vary.

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    For a Mac:
    You have to set the Firefox as default browser in the preferences of Firefox.
    Open Safari, click the Safari menu > Preferences > General tab. Choose your default browser.

    For Windows:
    SetBrowser 1.4
    http://softwaredownloadmirror.com/freeware/setbrowser-1.4/282589/stbrws14.exe


    SetBrowser 1.4 description
    A very simple program that lets you set the default web browser in Windows. Select the browser you want, and the program will modify the required registry settings. Can now also automatically locate the browser. A valuable tool for anybody who uses more than one web browser on their system (e.g. if you switch between Netscape and Microsoft Internet.