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[Solved]Desktop shortcuts

  • Having converted from Chrome to Opera, how do I convert my desktop shortcuts so they don't open in Chrome?

  • @rscore Change the default program for .url in Control Panel.

    Not sure if just setting Opera as default browser will work.

  • Default in Control Panel set to Opera. And Opera set as default browser. It must relate to the address in the shortcut going through Google.

  • @rscore Did the icons on the desktop for the shortcuts change to an Opera icon?

  • @burnout426 No. They remained the icon of the website.

  • @rscore Okay. That's fine at least.

  • Uninstall Opera while keeping your data. Launch the Opera installer, click "options", set "install path" to "C:\Program Files\Opera", set "install for" to "all users", check "make Opera default browser", uncheck "import data from default browser", adjust other checkboxes and install.

    After Opera is installed, go to default app/default programs, make sure Opera is set as the default browser, make sure the .URL file type is set to Opera or "Internet Browser", and set defaults by Opera ot give Opera everything it supports.

  • @burnout426 Thank you.

  • @burnout426 The only part of your instructions I did not know how to do was: "make sure the .URL file type is set to Opera or "Internet Browser". Where or how do I do this. Thanks again.

  • @rscore In the control panel or in Windows settings.

  • @leocg All done. Shortcuts still go through Chrome. If I create new shortcuts with Opera, is there a way to change the icon from the generic Opera icon, to the icon associated with the website?

  • @rscore Yes there is, just right-click the shortcut, go to "Properties" (or something like it), and then click on "Change icon", there you can choose some default icons or one you like, if you have the file for it.

  • @rscore said in Desktop shortcuts:

    All done. Shortcuts still go through Chrome.

    Open notepad and drag one of the shortcuts into its window. That'll show you the source of the url file. Indent each line by 4 spaces and post here just so we can double-check that there's not something different than normal.

  • @burnout426

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  • @burnout426 If it helps, in the shortcut properties, the target is: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome_proxy.exe" --profile-directory=Default --app-id=gljaopfbodkhmenoppknlegalnfolend

    And the "start in" address is: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application"

  • Yeah, that is some Chrome-specific stuff.

    It should look like this:

        [InternetShortcut]
    
        URL=https://example.com/
    

    with an optional ICON= for a site-specific icon. If it's like that, it should load in the default browser.

    You can put that in Notepad and save it as test.url and try it. Notepad might save it as test.url.txt, so remove the .txt if you need to.

  • For the icon, you can add:

    IconIndex=0
    IconFile=https://example.com/favicon.ico 
    

    Knowing that, you should be able to author your own url files and create compatible ones for your existing ones if you want.

    If a remoe URL doesn't work for the icon file, save the ico file to your computer somwhere and then put the path to it after IconFile= instead.

  • How are you creating shortcuts in Chrome btw?

    When I goto https://www.reddit.com/r/programming/ for example and drag the badge (padlock icon usually) on the left of the address field onto the desktop (when the window isn't maximized), Chrome creates a shortcut like:

    [InternetShortcut]
    URL=https://www.reddit.com/r/programming/
    

    It doesn't create any Chrome-specific stuff.

    However if I goto "Menu -> More Tools -> Create Shortcut", that creates an App shortcut which is something different (a .lnk file). But, the source you provided doesn't look like the .lnk files my Chrome is generating. Still seems like a .lnk file in general though.

  • @burnout426 When I create the shortcut in the fashion you suggested, I do get the URL format that you describe:

    URL=https://example.com/

    However, the icon is the generic Opera icon. How and where do I put the "https://example.com/favicon.ico" to try to get the site specific icon back.

  • @burnout426 Figured out how to do it. Thanks for the help.

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