Changing the Default Browser (back to IE!?)

I’ve been using Maxthon for a long time (after switching from Avant shortly after this post). I’ve been quite happy with it.

After some positive reviews from some colleagues and friends, I decided I’d try IE7 beta 2 on my primary work machine. Yeah, I know – what was I thinking!?

Anyway… it’s good enough that I’m switching to it as my primary browser.

What tipped me? Well – it’s nice and fast, “feels” better than IE6, and… what’s the word… modern

And now they have the option to “Open tabs to the right of the current one,” I’m there. It took a little getting used to it opening tabs right, then right-of-that-right – had me checking it was turned on – but I’ve gotten used to it.

There’s even rudimentary “where I was at” support when closing IE (though if you tick “don’t bug me again” as well as “remember my tabs”, it’ll forget them. Nearly there…)

So, off into Tools, Internet Options, and the Programs tab I went, and found the “default web browser” item. I wanted to make IE the default, so I hit “Make Default”.

Only it’s sort of half worked.

There are a bunch of file associations that need to be changed when going back from Maxthon that aren’t. Windows Live Messenger, desktop shortcuts, links in email all still open Maxthon. (I still have Maxthon installed and use it, but I find IE with the Windows Live toolbar does mostly everything I need… mostly).

I’ve nutted out what IE’s not changing back – there are a bunch of “URL” entries registered as file types that are still set to Maxthon by default:

You find them from Tools, Folder Options in any file-containing folder.

You need to pick the item from the list, hit the Advanced button, click the “Open” entry under the bolded “Maxthon” entry, and hit Set Default.

The three or four I’ve tried that seemed to get it all back to IE for me are:

Internet Shortcut (on my system, a couple of entries above where the screenshot cuts off)
URL: Hypertext Transfer Protocol (and the With Privacy one)
URL: File Transfer Protocol

Then you’re done. Nice and easy.

Comments (6)

  1. PL says:

    Does IE7 have that new annoying "Click to activate an use control" or does it bypass the eola so called "patent" issue ?

    I havent tried IE7 yet since it’s a beta but this is one of the things that would make me switch right now.

    I really hope IE7 won’t be shipped with that annoying crap ?

  2. Rohanm says:

    Yahhy thats fantastic news. It was getting pretty lonely in the IE7.0 Beta party… you can only dance to spandu ballet for so long…

  3. Tristan K says:

    The "click" thing hasn’t affected me in any way yet, but I’m not a heavy user of ActiveX controls.

    My impression is that the activation click is something that results from the use of specific tags; website authors can do some simple things to lessen the impact of the change:

    So I could try to tell you IE7 is The Answer, but the answer is that over time, the situation will probably improve anyway…

  4. PL says:

    OK, I just tried it and IE7 has the same thing. It’s not just "traditional" ActiveX controls but any plugin, for example Java applets and also embedding of videos using WMP on pages.

    I know there are workarounds but this has to be addressed, why can firefox and opera load and initiate controls without being sued ? There has to be something in the api’s that can be changed.

    The IE7 blog guys wont even touch on the subject, they claim they can’t because of the nature of the dispute.

    Anyway, I really like IE7, it’s got a lot of nice features, now if they could just release the public preview of vista 🙂

  5. Tristan K says:

    Sorry – I can’t go any deeper than linking the article above for the same reasons.

    But IE7 and I are very happy together so far, thank you very much 🙂

  6. Bob Hyatt says:

    HUGE fan of IE 7

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