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Old 06-25-2004, 10:45 AM   #1
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Setting Firefox as default browser?

I use Firefox 0.8 under both Win 2000 and Mandrake 10. In Windows I can make it my default browser via Tools, Options, General, Default browser. However this Default Browser switch is absent in the Linux version of Firefox, and Konqueror remains the default browser.

How can I set Firefox to be my default browser?
Old 06-25-2004, 11:03 AM   #2
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Sorry I have to be kinda vague, but I had KDE, and just last night tried GNOME so I have to rely on memory. If you want webpages to be open by Firefox when you double click on them, then open up Konqueror and right click on a webpage. At the bottom there should be 2 options, 'properties' and 'file type' (something like that). One of them is for changing properties for that file in particular (like permissions, owner, etc.) the oter is for Webpages in general. (again can't remember of the top of my head which is which), In the 'webpages in general' one you can add Firefox to the 'programmes to use' list. You'll have to specify where firefox is (probably something liek /usr/share/firefox/firefox-bin, if you don't know just run locate firefox, and you can tell from that output.). You'll have to move Firefox to the top of the list, so that it'll be the first programme to be called. There is also another tab (i think its' the 3rd of 3), and you can choose here to open the file in an embedded viewer, sperarate viewer, or to use the setting for 'text' (something like that anyway). Opening it in the embedded viewer is Konqueror, I think you'd have to select 'seperate viewer'. Play around until you can get it out.

That should be all you need to do to get webpages to open in Firefox.

However if you try this you'll notice a bit of a problem. If you have Firefox open and you try to double click on a webpage you'll this annoying dialog about profiles. That's because you can't really have 2 (or more) different Firefoxes running at the same time. It's a pain in the ass. Luckly there is a solution.

Here's a link of how to fix it:

Hope this helps.
Old 06-25-2004, 01:09 PM   #3
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Found the initial solution in KDE desktop configuration utility (Control Center), Components, File Associations, added Firefox to the list of browsers and moved it to the top of the list. I discovered after initial error message that the path to the executable here needs a "%u" switch. Then I came up against the problem which you identified at the end of your post - that Linux won't allow a second Firefox window open. Your link to Scott Granneman's article provided the solution - the first custom Linux script I have ever created and used.

Many thanks - Firefox now running fine as default browser.
Old 11-24-2006, 08:34 AM   #4
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this can also be done from within firefox (version 1.5.x anyway)

edit>preferences>general and then tick appropriate box.



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