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The default browser is the application Windows uses to handle web and .html pages. There are ways to specify that a different application be used.
Why do I have to choose between IE7 and Firefox as the default browser? Why can't I set an option to right click an html file and then choose either IE7 or Firefox to browse? Something similar to view/edit a jpg...right click and choose "Open with" whatever viewer/editor is configured.
Well, just like a ".jpg" the system needs to know what to do when you double click on a ".html" file, but I'm probably missing something here.
On my system at least you can do exactly what you describe.
I'll show you.
The "default browser" is really just a way for the system to know what program should process web pages by default. Try it: click on Start and then Run and type in http://ask-leo.com and press OK. The system needs to know what program to use to process that request, and it knows that the default browser is used for those "http:" things.
It's also used for ".html" files. This time we'll use Windows Explorer. Locate (or create) a ".html" file anywhere on your computer, and open Windows Explorer on the folder containing it:
You can see it's listed as a "Firefox Document". Firefox is my default browser, and if I double click on it Firefox opens and displays the file.
Now, right click on the file instead:
Here you can see that not only is there a Open With... menu, but Internet Explorer is there in the open menu. Click on Internet Explorer and it'll be used to display the file regardless of your default browser.
In other words, exactly what it seems you were asking for.
Now, there is another scenario that might be what you meant.
Once you're in a browser, regardless of whether it's Firefox or Internet Explorer, all the links displayed will be opened with that same browser. Each browser assumes that since you opened the page with that browser, you want all subsequent pages to appear in the same browser.
And to be honest, it's not an unreasonable assumption.
If you're using Internet Explorer, I'm not aware of a way to easily open a link in another browser.
Firefox, on the other hand, is a different story.
There are a couple of add-ins that add the ability to open a link in Internet Explorer from within Firefox.
With such an extension installed, if I right click on a link then I have an extra option:
If I click on Open Link in IE Tab it does exactly that: opens a new tab within Firefox, and then uses Internet Explorer to display the page.
I use the IE Tab extension to Firefox. It has additional options that allow you to open a link in any external application including Internet Explorer, instead of inside a tab as well.
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