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Clicking Links in Skype Won't Open Opera

  • I figured I'd post this to help anyone else with the problem. In Windows 7 if I have Opera set as default browser any links I click on in a Skype conversation will pop an error in Skype instead of opening in Opera. Long goose chase short what I found out was that because of the odd way Opera puts itself in the registry making it default doesn't actually default all protocols to it. So two key ones miss out, HTTP and HTTPS, which can be seen in the Control Panel->Default Programs->Set Associations section. You can change them to FireFox, IE, or Chrome, but Opera doesn't appear as an option because of that registry oddity I mentioned earlier.

    So here's what you can do. Mark HTTP and HTTPS as opening in Chrome then copy the files from the Opera Launcher directory in C:\Users_username_\AppData\Local\Programs\Opera\launcher.exe to the Chrome directory in your Program Files. Then rename the Chrome executable as ChromeB or somesuch. Then rename the launcher.exe file to chrome which will trick the computer into opening your skype link (or any http/https link) in Opera instead of getting errors.

    Or Opera could fix their registry entries 😉 just saying.

  • On Windows 10 x64 for Opera x64 installed for all users (requires admin to install that way):

    HTTP and HTTPS are listed in "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\OperaStable\Capabilities\UrlAssociations"

    OperaStable is set as the value for the (Default) string in "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Clients\StartMenuInternet".

    Opera Stable is listed in "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\RegisteredApplications" and points to "SOFTWARE\Clients\StartMenuInternet\OperaStable\Capabilities".

    There's an OperaStable handler in "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\OperaStable\shell\open\command", "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\OperaStable\shell\open\command" and "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\OperaStable\shell\open\command" point to the correct exe.

    HTTP and HTTPS are available for Opera in "Set defaults by app". Opera is available in "Choose defaults by protocol" for HTTP and HTTPS.

    When setting Opera as the default browser, these are not modified:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\http
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\https
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\http
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\https
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\http
    HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\https

    , but changes to those are not needed on Windows 10. Maybe on Windows 7 though. For example, the exe in the command key for the HKEY_CURRENT_USER ones might have to point to Opera's launcher.exe. You still shouldn't have to mess with the local machine ones though.