Can I force a link to open in a specific browser?

I have designed a website using Firefox and am now looking to integrate a softphone into the webpage, but unfortunately it is made with ActiveX, so firefox won't support it.

I have tried opening my page in IE9, and it looks a mess because I've used CSS3 for alot of it and haven't coded it for different browsers because we will only be using Firefox within the office.

Is there a way that I can tell my page in Firefox to specifically open a new page in Internet Explorer and just have the softphone in there? Or is there a way to get ActiveX running in firefox with a plugin or something?

Thanks for any help



It really depends on your exact situation.

If you are targeting multiple users outside a corporate network this is hardly possible to achieve. However, if you are targeting your company's network it's possible to do this using custom protocol.

Your link then would look like: ie://

You'll have to make changes to registry of target computers though. More info about custom protocols is available here:

In most cases, system administrator can do this remotely.


It's somewhat specific, but I created an internal site at work, and I wanted to link to another internal site that only works in IE. To do this, I created/defined my own application protocol in the registry. Then I added to my links the protocol header. This is similar to what apple does when you click a link and it opens iTunes. The downside to this approach, however, is that users will have to install the registry modification for it to work... like I said, it's really a solution for a very specific scenario.


I don't think you can open a IE window from firefox, but you can easily build a firefox plugin based on your activex using


IETab V2 will let you open a tab within Firefox that runs the IE engine.

Once installed, you can force a link to open with IE by formatting the URL or bookmark like this:


Start a new shortcut: Target:"C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" Simple works on all browsers, Ia'm trs-80 old school ?chr$(24) :)


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