Choose your browser

By | March 7, 2011
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For Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7

If you use only one browser, regardless of which it is, then you can skip this tip. But if you’re one of the many who often switch between Firefox or Chrome (or others) and Internet Explorer you might find this tip to be valuable.

As most of you know, you can have as many browsers as you like installed, but you’re going to have to choose one of them to be your default browser – that is the browser that opens links when you click on them. If you want to use another browser to open links, you’ll have to open that browser first and then click the link. Until now.

There’s a program we discovered this week, called “Browser Chooser” which acts as a default browser – but it’s not a browser at all. It intercepts the link, then allows you to choose the browser you want to open that link. Sure, it may be an extra step that some of you won’t want, but it’s easier than opening the browser you want and then clicking the link. Every link you click when a browser is not open, gives you choice of browser. Once a browser is open, of course, that browser will continue to open links you click while you’re using it.

So if you’re a multi-browser user and you want a choice of which browser you want to open the links you click on, you might want to give “Browser Chooser” a try.

Project Description (from the developer)
“Browser Chooser is a small tool acting as the default browser allowing you to choose what browser to open the link in. It gives you the flexibility to choose what browser to use for any given task. It is developed in VB.Net and geared towards Windows Vista and Windows 7.”

Browser Chooser works in Windows XP too – at least on our Windows XP computers. It’s a 3.3MB download. You can read more about Browser Chooser, see screen shots, as well as download it from http://browserchooser.codeplex.com/ . Again, a reminder: If you have one browser installed and it’s the only browser you ever use,¬† you don’t need this program. It will just be an aggravation to you. If you have 2, 3, 4, or more browsers installed and you often use each of them, then this program just might come in handy for you.

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