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April 13, 2013
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So, sometimes I want to peruse a file with Firefox and other times with Internet Explorer. I seem to remember a program that would let me choose which program to open a file with; in this example I would choose which program to open an .htm file with.

I just can't remember what program it is! Can anyone help me with this? (Running Win 7 x64; 8 GB RAM, etc.).

Thanks in advance for your help.

April 13, 2013
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I haven't tried any of these but the ones I have come across are Unassoc, Portable Extension Warlock, and Gunners File Type Editor. I think 2 of those have been reviewed on this site. Let us know if one works for you.

April 13, 2013
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Right-click file -> Open With typically works in situations like this

April 13, 2013
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@Ashraf: On my system a right-click brings up a process that requires multiple clicks and selections. About half the time I need to use Internet Explorer (to respond to Microsoft sites), and the other half of the time I use Firefox (my default browser).

I'm looking for a one-click solution. Click, interface opens, click, I select which browser opens. Thats all. No lists to go through, no selecting from Explorer folders, no drilling down 4 levels, just a single click to select which browser will open that file to that specific location on that specific page.

 

@Eric989:  Thanks for the suggestions, I appreciate them. I will try them out and report back.

April 14, 2013
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@BearPup: Oh, I see. Yeah, please do let us know which one works for you -- may be worth a review on dotTech proper.

April 14, 2013
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Well, sorry to say, none of the three suggested programs do what I need. Unassoc removes file associations, and Warlock and Gunners modify existing associations. I think this maybe a job for Donation Coder. I'll keep folks posted.

April 14, 2013
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I have not used either program, but I know the following two portable programs are supposed to do something similar to what you want.

 

PortableFileAssociator

http://portableapps.com/node/15583

 

eXpresso

http://portableapps.com/node/27101

 

I know they are intended to be use for portable programs, but I'd be surprised if they could not be set to work with a installed program.

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April 14, 2013
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@Grantwhy: I'm not sure how to make a portable app work for an installed program!? Any ideas as to what I should do, as I don't have the portable app framework downloaded / installed on my system?

April 14, 2013
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Problem (mostly) solved. From DonationCoder, a freeware program called Browser Tray Switcher (here: http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Mouser/browsertray/index.html) does pretty much what I want. Its a small program that sits in my System Tray that allows me to change which browser is my default at the simple click of the icon.

 

I have it configured to show the icon and notifications visible on the Taskbar, so when IE is the default, the IE icon shows, and when Firefox is the default, the Firefox icon shows instead. So when I know that a given link will need to be opened in IE, I click the Firefox icon, select IE as the default browser, the icon changes and when I click on the file link, the program opens in IE. When I'm done, I simply switch it back to the Firefox default, the icon changes back and Firefox is back to being my default.

 

Its not quite as convenient as having the option being part of the right-click choices on the file link itself, but its more efficient than anything else I've been doing. It doesn't do anything for other file types, but it could perhaps serve as a model / template for other extensions (not so subtle hint).

April 14, 2013
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@Grantwhy: I'm not sure how to make a portable app work for an installed program!? Any ideas as to what I should do, as I don't have the portable app framework downloaded / installed on my system?

 

I know you have found a solution, but I answer anyway.

 

You don't need a separate platform.  All the PortableApps programs are Windows programs set up to run portably.  The 'installer' for the PortableApps programs (.paf) is to install(unpack) to a folder (like a .zip file).  Once installed the folder can be copied/moved and the programs will still run fine (as long as they are NOT in a Windows 'Programs'/'My Programs' folder.  Windows can change they way they run/break any portable program installed into those kind of folders)

 

The main thing to remember is to run the [program_name]portable.exe, not the [program_name].exe, otherwise the program may try to run as if it was a local installed program. eg: I use their FirefoxPortable as my main browser, so I have to run FirefoxPortable.exe, NOT Firefox.exe.

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Browser Tray Switcher sound like a handy program if you have more than one Browser installed – good find Smile

 

Maybe even worth an article? (@Mr.Boss nudge nudge hint hint)

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That's strange because I just tried out portable extension warlock and it seems to do what you wanted. With it you can associate multiple programs with a single file type. When you drag one of the recognized file types to its dropzone, it will popup the list of programs you associated with that file type and you choose which one you want to use. Optionally you could just use the drop zone for only IE and leave FF as default so that double clicking will always open in FF but if you want IE you can drag to the drop zone and have it only programed to open with IE.

DropIt will work too. You can create a drop zone to automatically open with any program you want. Enable multiple instances and modify the icons for use with IE and FF or just use it for the one that is not your default. The pop up confirmation dialogues can be disabled in the options.

Another thing you can do is if you use a dock like launchbar commander you can put IE and or FireFox on its top level and just drag and drop the htm file on top of the icon for the browser you want and it will open in that browser.

You could try filetypesman which from the below description sounds like it can edit the right click context menu. Maybe this or another context menu editor will do what you want?

FILETYPESMAN
Windows is great in that it allows you to add default programs to open various filetypes, but its interface is downright terrible. It's split into two sections, one for applications and one for filetypes--and it insists on reloading the list frequently. Instead of using Windows' built-in tool, however, you can use the speedy, easy-to-use FileTypesMan.
With FileTypesMan, you can not only set the default program for a specific type, you can edit various context menu entries and change their caption and command to execute.
If you've got an unwieldy amount of file extensions to deal with but still want to change the filetype information, FileTypesMan is a great little tool to use.

Hope one of these helps. I just thught of one last thing. This would be a little more complicated but a program like find and run robot could probably be set up to use a custom hotkey to run the file under the cursor in a specific program.

April 14, 2013
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@Grantwhy: Thank you very much for your 'tutorial', I very much appreciate knowing / having the information as I have a couple of other portable apps on my system. Thank you for taking the time to write out the instructions.

 

@Eric989: Dragging is not as efficient for me, and I specifically want a direct 1-click operation. Browser Tray Switch does exactly that; Warlock doesn't do that in that way.

As to the other ones you mention, I don't know anything about them, but I will be happy to look at them. I was also recommended 2 others that might work, which I am also going to look at. However, I am not planning or thinking about writing a review of these, and so I will look at them from the perspective of 1) Do they do what I specifically want, i.e., click not drag?  and  2) Are they immediately usable by me, or do I have to "program" them in some way?

Regardless of which one I ultimately choose, I very much appreciate your contribution, and the programs and ideas you put forth. Thank you.

April 15, 2013
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@BrowserTraySwitch: Looks handy indeed. Thanks for the tip, BearPup and co. I'll put it on our list.

April 15, 2013
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Ok, I see. If that's the case then you have probably already found the best solution so far. The only other solution would be to find a good right click context menu editor to rearrange it in a more efficient manner. Filetypesman sounds like it might do that but I don't know.

@Ashraf I don't know if you have changed something on the site or what but I am having a terrible time trying to post in these forums. It is probably due to my slow connection and the page not loading properly but clicking Add Reply is almost always unresponsive. Just now I had to click on Quote to be able to post at all.

April 15, 2013
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Eric989 said
Ok, I see. If that's the case then you have probably already found the best solution so far. The only other solution would be to find a good right click context menu editor to rearrange it in a more efficient manner. Filetypesman sounds like it might do that but I don't know.

@Ashraf I don't know if you have changed something on the site or what but I am having a terrible time trying to post in these forums. It is probably due to my slow connection and the page not loading properly but clicking Add Reply is almost always unresponsive. Just now I had to click on Quote to be able to post at all.

Did it start recently or has it always been like this? Everything works fine at my end. Do you have plugins like NoScript installed?

 

 

April 15, 2013
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Okay can someone please explain to me how to use BrowserTraySwitch? I downloaded it but cannot figure out how the bloody hell to use…

April 15, 2013
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@Ashraf: I presume you also installed it? After the installation it should read your configuration and find the browsers on your system. Then in your start menu is a shortcut for the "switch", click on that, which brings up a menu, which includes the shortcuts to your various browsers.

You select the browser you want and it loads it every time you select an internet window / file. And when you want the other browser(s), you select that browser. You can also access it from the System Tray; and I put it in my StartUp folder so it starts up with Windows.

If this doesn't make sense or you still have questions, post them in a little more detail please.

April 15, 2013
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Ashraf said
Okay can someone please explain to me how to use BrowserTraySwitch? I downloaded it but cannot figure out how the bloody hell to use…

 

I had the same problem, so I cheated and read the help file :-p

 

When BTS v2 is started for the first time, it will make a backup, and then detect your current browser, and ask you to save a configuration file for it.

 

To add a new browser, launch that browser and SET IT AS THE DEFAULT BROWSER.

Some browsers will volunteer to do this on startup, some require you to do this through their menu system.

 

Once a new browser is set as the default system browser, click on the BrowserTraySwitch tray icon, and you should see a dialog pop up telling you that Browser Tray Switch has discovered a new browser and asking you to save a new browser config file.

 

Repeat this process for all of your browsers, or whenever you install a new browser.

 

 

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April 16, 2013
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@Ashraf I have only noticed this problem over the past month or so. I do have noscript but using an alternate browser without it doesn't help much. I am sure this has something to do with my slow connection. It's just that it used to be much easier so I thought something might have changed on the site regarding how or in what order the elements on the page load. This might be completely out of your control and might be down to changes made by WordPress or whoever.

@GrantWhy Congratulations on getting 2 thumbs up on one of your posts. That is pretty rare on Dottech. I am glad you are not one of those PortableApps.com haters.

April 22, 2013
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Well another option has surfaced. They fixed the IE Tab (now called IE Tab 2) add on for Firefox. This allows you, while you are surfing along with Firefox to drop into a tab that becomes IE within Firefox. Say I'm surfing along with Firefox and I come to a site that I want to register in or post content to that my 'stricter' Firefox configuration won't let me do. Press the "IE Tab 2" button and a full IE Window opens up in a single tab right within Firefox.

 

The addon is located here:  https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/ie-tab-2-ff-36/ .

 

Enjoy.

BearPup.

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