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How to select Firefox version in Windows Run?

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I installed two versions of Firefox: Mozilla Firefox and Mozilla Firefox Developer Edition. Typically, in Window 10, you can open a browser by pressing Win+R and typing "firefox", but with two versions installed, this always opens the version I don't want.

Since the latter version is always opened, I think it's related to the installation order, but I don't want to reinstall my browser. So is there any configuration available?

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jonzn4SUSE said

FredMcD said

Thank you two, your solution inspired me. I checked the environment variables and Firefox wasn't there, so I went to the Registry and found something.

Turns out, windows has a registry to store the location of applications, which is located at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths These registries allow you to access applications in "run" without setting environment variables.


So here's my solutions:

  1. Edit the registry located at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\firefox.exe
  2. Create shortcuts for the two browsers and name them firefox and firefoxDev
  3. Put two shortcuts into C:/shortcuts/
  4. Add C:/shortcuts/ to PATH
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You have to know the path to the Dev version in order to run from it from the run box.

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Open your computers file browser to the Programs Folder(s). Windows: C:\Program Files and C:\Program Files (x86)

Look for any Mozilla Firefox folders. Look inside and right-click on firefox.exe Select Create Shortcut. Place the shortcut on the desktop and rename it using a unique name so that other shortcuts can also be placed. (Version number, how its used . . . .) Example (on my system): Firefox_54 Firefox_Current

Repeat the above for each Firefox.

Note: Different versions of the browser can not share the same profile so each should use its own profile.

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jonzn4SUSE said

FredMcD said

Thank you two, your solution inspired me. I checked the environment variables and Firefox wasn't there, so I went to the Registry and found something.

Turns out, windows has a registry to store the location of applications, which is located at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths These registries allow you to access applications in "run" without setting environment variables.


So here's my solutions:

  1. Edit the registry located at HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\firefox.exe
  2. Create shortcuts for the two browsers and name them firefox and firefoxDev
  3. Put two shortcuts into C:/shortcuts/
  4. Add C:/shortcuts/ to PATH

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That was very good work. Well Done.

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