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Opera opens MS Edge shortcut links

  • I have a windows shortcut that must be launched in MS Edge, however when Opera is set as the default browser, Opera opens these links. how can I prevent this? As this link is to proprietary software, I cannot share the link, I can say however only Internet Explorer and Edge are capable of opening the windows shortcut correctly (uses some old scripting language that newer browsers don't support).

    Windows Shortcut settings example
    Target: %windir%\explorer.exe microsoft-edge:
    Start in: %windir%

  • If you look at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\OperaStable\Capabilities\UrlAssociations in the registry, you'll see an entry for the microsoft-edge protocol.

    So, it's something that Opera purposely put in the installer for Opera to handle.

    So, what you have to do is choose to edit the default program for the microsoft-edge protocol. On Windows 10, you goto "settings -> apps -> default apps -> choose default apps by protocol -> microsoft-edge" and set the program you want. Set it to Microsoft Edge for example.

    You could also delete the microsoft-edge entry for Opera in the registry so that Opera is no longer an option for that protocol. But, you might have to delete it each time Opera updates.

  • @burnout426 said in Opera opens MS Edge shortcut links:


    That is exactly what what i needed, thank you. I didn't know about the choose Default Apps by protocol. Set it back to edge now everything is happy again.

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