Create Website Shortcuts (.URL) that Open in Edge

Double-clicking website shortcuts open in whatever you’ve set as the default web browser. But if you want to create website shortcuts that always open in Microsoft Edge no matter what your default browser is, here is how to do that.

Many of the built-in universal apps register a URL protocol by default; for example, running calculator: from the Run dialog launches Calculator. Likewise, Microsoft Edge also implements a URL protocol named microsoft-edge:

To create a website shortcut (.url) for google.com, that opens in Edge, use the following target:

microsoft-edge:http://www.google.com

The resulting file will be and internet shortcut (.url) instead of the standard shortcut (.lnk), as the shortcut target is an URL protocol.



edge url shortcut

In the website shortcut properties dialog, you can change the icon and assign a shortcut key as required.


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4 thoughts on “Create Website Shortcuts (.URL) that Open in Edge”

  1. This works great on all other browsers like firefox and chrome but when I am actually using the Edge browser. The links do not open. Any ideas?

    Reply
    • Kevin, I have the same issue with these links not working if you are already in edge. Did you ever figure out a solution?

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