If you move the URL bar from an Internet Explorer window to a Windows folder, it will produce a shortcut file. When you open that file by double-clicking it, it should launch the webpage in your preferred browser. This is possible because the default browser is linked to the “url shortcut” filetype in the registry.

I currently have a file of this type:

The problem I’m facing is that when I try to open a URL shortcut by double-clicking it, it doesn’t launch the webpage in my browser but instead triggers the print dialog.

The only way to open the URL shortcut in the browser is by dragging it onto the browser window. I have already attempted to restore all file associations to their default settings, but this did not resolve the issue.

In my Windows 10 operating system, the “Internet Shortcut (.url)” file type is set to open with the “Internet Browser” application, but I am unable to select a specific browser (even though Chrome is my default browser). Despite this setting, the URL shortcut still opens the print dialog instead of launching in Chrome.

Could anyone assist me with this issue?

I tinkered with the registry keys and managed to prompt Windows to ask me which program I want to use to open this file type consistently. However, if I choose “Internet Browser,” it only works once, and subsequently, it reverts to opening the print dialog. On the other hand, if I select “Chrome,” it always opens the file in Chrome, but it displays the shortcut link as text only.

Askify Moderator Edited question May 2, 2023