Open HREF link in FireFox from IE

Hi All,

All our employees use IE as their web browser.  We have a couple of legacy web applications that arent compatible.  As a work around we install an old version of FireFox, which can run the websites without issue.

I would like to place a link on our intranet (accessed in IE), which opens the browser in Firefox.

Can this be done?

All PC's are connected to the domain and I have admin rights to them.

many thanks
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Rainer JeschorCommented:
this will normally not be possible from an intranet page.
Alternative solutions:
- Deploy / create short cuts on the desktop and name it like the web applications usage
- Use a HTA:

Just my 2ct.
Duy PhamFreelance IT ConsultantCommented:
I think your only option is using ActiveX from IE to enforce opening URL in Firefox (or another browser). For example
<a href="javascript: void(0);" onclick="shellOpen(this);" data-url="">Search with Google</a>
function shellOpen(element) {
    var url = element.getAttribute('data-url');
    try {
        var sh = new ActiveXObject("WScript.Shell");
        if (sh) {
  "Firefox " + url);
        else {
  , '_blank');
    catch (e) { // ActiveX is not allowed, open in new window or tab
  , '_blank');

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Please note that ActiveX normally requires user confirmation to proceed, so it might not be a good idea to enforce opening url in Firefox.

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F PCommented:
Yes, but only by creating  a Java web applet and having it launch the other browser. Set whether or not the app should load based on javascript which checks your current browser user agent string. Info on specifics:
detox1978Author Commented:
Sorry for the long delay.  Holidays etc...

We got it to work as you suggested, but needed to push out a GPO to add the URL to our Intranet Zone and pushed out the IE ActiveX setting "initialize and script activex controls not marked as safe" = Enabled (only for the Intranet Zone, I'm not crazy)

I didn't realise ActiveX was so easy to use or setup!  I can now execute any command on the users PC via the browser, so have added a load of script on the intranet for users to run via their browser.  e.g. remap network drives, ping test, telnet SMTP test, ipconfig/all etc... that write the results to notepad then open the file for them to read the results back.... :)

Many thanks.
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