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IE 5.2 and new windows Apps
In IE 5.2 (and previous versions) under Interface Extras, you can specify that IE should open a new browser window when a URL is requested by another application. I noticed an anomaly in the way this preference works.

It works great when other apps tell IE to load a URL. However, when you double-click a file that has the extension .URL, it will open the URL in the frontmost browser window ... it does NOT open a new window.

Interestingly enough, if the same URL file is named with the extension .webloc, then IE does the right thing and opens the URL in a new window.

Bug or feature?
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Authored by: eisforian on Jun 28, '02 10:42:54AM


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I second the motion
Authored by: AcidMike on Jun 28, '02 09:12:18PM


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Depends on where ya sit...
Authored by: jtrascap on Jun 29, '02 05:03:26AM

...I see it as a feature.

I run Mozilla most of the time when I work, but when I mindlessly surf, I tend to revert to IE.

Why? SlashDock.

SlashDock pops up with a new item, so I click and go - and on an iBook, I hate opening multiple windows for browsing through SlashDock - in IE, it always loads in the fromtmost window. In Mozilla, there's another window, and another, and another - I wish external URLs loaded in a background tab, but no luck.

This is a nice feature for laptop owners, and we've all been aware of it from day-one, and it's by design, I really do believe. If Mozilla did it though, I'd DELETE exploder from my drive in an instant...

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Depends on where ya sit...
Authored by: eisforian on Jun 29, '02 09:27:48AM

I use MacReporter for my news headlines. When I was trying out Mozilla, Mozilla would constantly set itself as the default browser. After opening Mozilla, any time I would click on a MacReporter headline, it would open in Mozilla.

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Depends on where ya sit...
Authored by: jtrascap on Jun 29, '02 06:34:02PM

Never had that problem - then again a trip to the control panels would fix that problem. I prefer Moz but IE, once set as default, seems to stay that way...


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