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 inbuilt-in Modern or Universal Apps register a URL protocol by default; for example running calculator: from 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:
The resulting file will be of type .URL (instead of the standard .LNK file), as the shortcut target is a URL protocol.
In the website shortcut properties dialog, you can change the icon and assign a shortcut key as required.
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