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Old 10-31-2017, 06:42 AM   #1
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Default URL links on computer: changed behavior

For years I have been dragging URLs to my computer from Firefox. These links appear on my hard disk as files with "url" extension. And then, as needed, I can click on the link and Firefox takes me back to the web page. But no more. Now Firefox open it and shows a path to my hard disk instead of on the Internet. And along with this, some features of the web page no longer work

Funny thing. One of my programs wont honor the file being associated with Firefox, so it uses my default browser (Vivaldi) to open it. In this scenario, I end up at the web page, not at a file on my hard disk. So, of course, I could simply use Vivaldi, but I have reasons for wanting these links to launch in Firefox.

   
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Old 10-31-2017, 07:51 AM   #2
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FWIW This is the link I have to create on my desktop as a shortcut, in this case to CNN, to have it open in FF when IE is my default browser:

"E:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" \www.cnn.com

where the part in quotes is the path to the location of firefox.exe -- note the space before the www.

   
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Maybe one of the man Firefox updates broke its ability to understand URL files. The path is is right in the file, and two other browsers (IE and Vivaldi) can still handle them. Here's what I'm talking about.
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Old 10-31-2017, 10:37 AM   #4
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desktoppublishingforum.URL

I've never seen that format. I presume it opens the default browser? It did for me.

   
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The shortcut itself is on my desktop, so its location points there, of course, but on the Web Document tab of the Properties dialog, I get this for the URL:

http://desktoppublishingforum.com/bb...ead.php?t=9574

(that's after dragging this page to the desktop)

And Hugh, nope, no weird property format that I can see.

This is under Win7/64, in case that matters.

And under Win 10/64 with all the latest updates as of yesterday-ish.

   
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http://desktoppublishingforum.com/bb...ead.php?t=9574

(that's after dragging this page to the desktop)
That took me to the whole thread with every message marked as unread.

I suspect the .URL link triggers some say HTML code to convert it into a more conventional URL?

   
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That took me to the whole thread with every message marked as unread.

I suspect the .URL link triggers some say HTML code to convert it into a more conventional URL?
Up until several weeks ago, all browsers I have treated the URL file as shortcut to the web page I dragged it from. It would take me to that web page, and I would see the http address in the address bar. Now Firefox decided to not treat it that way. The address is shows is on my computer (file:///) and the page doesn't function correctly.

   
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That took me to the whole thread with every message marked as unread.

I suspect the .URL link triggers some say HTML code to convert it into a more conventional URL?
That (whole thread/all unread) may be due more to the forum software than to anything having to do with Firefox or the link itself. I'm guessing that the t=9574 points at the thread and that the forum handles the marking/unmarking and the specific message that's displayed in some other way.

But that's just guessing.

   
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The shortcut itself is on my desktop, so its location points there, of course, but on the Web Document tab of the Properties dialog, I get this for the URL:

http://desktoppublishingforum.com/bb...ead.php?t=9574

(that's after dragging this page to the desktop)
If I'm understanding you correctly, when you click on the URL file which you already dragged to your computer, Firefox open the web page, and the address bar in Firefox shows and address that begins with "http://" not "file:///"

Am I correct?

   
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If I'm understanding you correctly, when you click on the URL file which you already dragged to your computer, Firefox open the web page, and the address bar in Firefox shows and address that begins with "http://" not "file:///"

Am I correct?
Yes, that's correct, Andrew.

An interesting point, though (Hugh, are you there??? TapTapTap ... Hugh?)

The URL Of the link I've dragged to the desktop is not the same as the URL that appears in the address bar. Specifically, in the address bar, the query part of the URL is

?p=104057#post104057

In the desktop link, it's

?t=9574

One links to the thread, the other to a specific post. The wrong post in this case ... if I copy the URL above:

http://desktoppublishingforum.com/bb...057#post104057

and plug it into a different browser, it takes me to my prior reply to Hugh.

I'm. So. Confused.

   
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