A file with a .URL extension, aka website shortcut, is launched in a default browser when double-clicked. The .URL file can be created by quickly dragging the URL from the address bar to any empty space on the Desktop or in a folder. If you use multiple browsers and need to open the .URL in a browser of your choice like Chrome, Edge, Firefox, etc., then this post will guide you on how you can achieve it.
How to open .URL files with any Browser
This method involves using Registry Editor and can be confusing and risky for some users. I would highly recommend you create a restore point before attempting this.
Type regedit in the Run prompt (Win +R) and press the Enter key. Once the Registry Editor opens, navigate to-
Right-click on Classes, and create a New KEY with the name InternetShortcut
Again, Right-click on the InternetShortcut folder and create a folder shell
Next, right-click on the shell folder, and create another folder Open with…
In the Open with… folder, right-click on the right-panel and then create a new string with the name ExplorerCommandHandler
Once done, double-click to edit it, and add the following in the value section-
Once done, close the Registry editor, and right-click on the InternetShortcut file or the .URL file.
You will get to see all the installed browser names in the list.
In case you cannot find the browser in the list, click on Choose another app, and then locate by expanding the More app link. It will reveal all the applications which can open or have registered to open the .URL extension. Once you select the application, it will become part of the list.
I hope the post was easy to follow, and you could choose which browser can open the URL file.
Now read: What is this Internet Browser I see in the Default apps list in Windows 10 Settings?