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Creating a Windows 7 OS desktop short cut for gmail with Firefox as browser, not internet explorer

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I have an HP laptop that originally had Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit OS. I recently upgraded to Windows 7 64-bit OS. I want to generate a desktop shortcut for gmail that uses Firefox as the browser not internet explorer (8). If I use IE 8 as the brower and enter in gmail.com, gmail opens. I can right click on that page and create a gmail desktop short cut with IE 8 as the browser. If I try the same steps using Firefox as the opened browser, I can't create a desktop short cut by right clicking...it is not an option. I can't make Firefox my default browser for everything as my work programs/shortcuts require IE. Again, how do I create a direct gmail desktop shortcut that uses Firefox as the browser, not IE 8, when IE 8 has to be the default browser?

I have an HP laptop that originally had Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit OS. I recently upgraded to Windows 7 64-bit OS. I want to generate a desktop shortcut for gmail that uses Firefox as the browser not internet explorer (8). If I use IE 8 as the brower and enter in gmail.com, gmail opens. I can right click on that page and create a gmail desktop short cut with IE 8 as the browser. If I try the same steps using Firefox as the opened browser, I can't create a desktop short cut by right clicking...it is not an option. I can't make Firefox my default browser for everything as my work programs/shortcuts require IE. Again, how do I create a direct gmail desktop shortcut that uses Firefox as the browser, not IE 8, when IE 8 has to be the default browser?

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You could create a shortcut to open Firefox with a specific site using a command line argument.

You can copy the shortcut that you use to open Firefox, then right-click on it and choose Properties. On the shortcut tab, you will see the target, it will look something like this:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"

You can add gmail.com to this shortcut so it looks like this:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" gmail.com

For more details see http://kb.mozillazine.org/Command_line_arguments