Why does this 'Favorite' link no longer work in IE7?

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by KevinBuchan, Sep 15, 2006.

  1. KevinBuchan

    KevinBuchan Guest

    In IE6, I created a Favorite that would always open the link in a new IE
    window. Now that I am using IE7 RC1, I am being prompted to download (Run,
    Save, or Cancel) the IExplore.exe.

    "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" -new

    Shouldn't Favorites work the way they used to?
    KevinBuchan, Sep 15, 2006
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  2. KevinBuchan

    bigblu91 Guest

    I had this happen also and I deleted the links I had that would do that but
    after reading your post I tried again. I RE-created the link by copying the
    IE shortcut in my quicklaunch and pasting it where I had it before. It works
    now the way it use to. I guess it doesn't like the IE6 link that was created
    but deleting these original ones and creating new ones in IE7 appears to fix
    the problem. For me anyway.
    bigblu91, Sep 15, 2006
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  3. KevinBuchan

    KevinBuchan Guest

    This does not solve the problem for me. Perhaps I am creating the link
    differently than you. I have to create this through the file system by
    browsing to my Favorites folder because the 'Add to Favorites' dialog doesn't
    allow me to specify the URL and if I edit a Favorite link that was built to
    target a web URL, I cannot change it to '"C:\Program Files\Internet
    Explorer\iexplore.exe" -new "http://atlmerc01/qcbin/start_a.htm"' without it
    giving me an error that the page doesn't exist.

    What steps did you go through to create the new URL that worked for you?


    -Kevin Buchan
    KevinBuchan, Sep 15, 2006
  4. KevinBuchan

    Don Varnau Guest

    I've had better luck by starting with a shortcut to iexplore.exe. I've also
    never used "-new" or put quotes around the URL.

    Try this: Find "IExplore.exe"
    Right-click and drag IExplore.exe to the desktop and choose "Create
    shortcut." Right-click that shortcut> Properties> Target, modify the Target
    to include the URL.
    "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE"
    "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE" www.yahoo.com
    Note a space between " and w

    Hope this helps,
    [MS MVP- IE]
    Don Varnau, Sep 16, 2006
  5. KevinBuchan

    bigblu91 Guest

    Sorry, it only worked for a short time. I tried them again later and it was
    back to wanting to run iexplore.exe. I have tried Don Varnau's suggestion and
    it seems to work so far. I have also rebooted to see if that would have an
    affect on it but it didn't. The shortcuts created with his steps continue to
    work AND open on a new window.
    bigblu91, Sep 16, 2006
  6. KevinBuchan

    KevinBuchan Guest

    Thanks so much for the reply.

    Unfortunately, with or without the "-new" (which I really need), IE7 still
    asks to download 'iexplore.exe' instead of launching it, as IE6 did. If I
    launch it from Windows Explorer, it works every time, of course, but not from
    an IE favorite, like it used to.

    It's a little annoying.

    Thanks again.

    -Kevin Buchan

    KevinBuchan, Sep 18, 2006

  7. Don also made the implied suggestion to try removing the quotes
    (which are unnecessary in your case at least. In fact, I can't think
    of a single valid case where they would be necessary.)

    Did you try that?

    Hmm... here's something related with .lnk files

    I have a test Desktop shortcut (.lnk file) containing:

    "%ProgramFiles%\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" -new -nohome about:{whatever}

    That works. Wrapping the URL in quotes works.
    What doesn't work is reversing the order of the switches.
    Weird. (IE7 is loaded with quirks like this. Bug it if you want to.)

    My guess is that when your -new switch is combined with your
    ..URL file type action that you get a similar incompatibility.

    Oh. I think I see a problem. Here is what I have for .URL file type's Open action:

    rundll32.exe ieframe.dll,OpenURL %l

    I doubt if there is room in that syntax for command line switches... ; }

    Try using a .lnk (Desktop shortcut) instead.

    What difference does it make? .lnk files can be used in Favorites
    and will open fine.

    Usability and compatibility have obviously not been major considerations
    in the production of IE7. Our job is to document and find workarounds
    for the veritable sea of quirks which have been created by it.

    Good luck

    Robert Aldwinckle
    Robert Aldwinckle, Sep 18, 2006
  8. KevinBuchan

    KevinBuchan Guest

    Thanks for your lengthy reply!
    Yes, I did. Still getting prompted to download 'iexplore.exe'.
    It is a .lnk file. You cannot specify "-new" with a .url shortcut.
    It opens fine in IE6, but not in IE7 RC1.
    In IE6, I get a new window with the web page loaded.
    In IE7, I get prompted to download iexplore, which is what this post is all
    about. Why is there the change in functionality.

    -Kevin Buchan
    KevinBuchan, Sep 18, 2006

  9. Apparently I was referring to the functionality via Link bar buttons

    Ok. This is another post where I have been misled by the symptom
    description. The problem is not that .lnk files "no longer work".
    They can still be used. The problem is that there are some new security
    prompts which you didn't have before. So now you would like to try to find
    a way to avoid them.

    I have recreated that symptom. Into a subfolder of Favorites
    (actually a subfolder of the Links folder) I copied my Desktop shortcut
    for About:{whatever}. Now when I try to use that (either clicking on it
    or via the keyboard) I get a prompt:
    File Download Security Warning - Do you want to run or save this file?
    Typing R (or clicking on Run) gets (bizarrely):
    Security warning - The publisher could not be verified. Are you sure you want to run this software?
    Typing R (or clicking on Run) finally achieves the desired end result.

    So, I think a clearer Subject for this discussion would have been:
    Why do .lnk files in Favorites cause security prompts in IE7rc1?

    Has anybody tried testing yet with a .lnk to an executable which *does have*
    a publisher which can be verified? <EG>

    Robert Aldwinckle, Sep 19, 2006
  10. KevinBuchan

    KevinBuchan Guest

    Typing R (or clicking on Run) gets (bizarrely):
    I just get a blank browser. The url passed on the command line to the
    executable does not get launched.
    I actually think a better subject would be:
    Why was the behavior for .lnk files in Favorites changed without
    recourse in IE7?

    For my customers, when behavior changes from from release to another,
    without a perceived improvement, then it's "broken", whether it's working as
    designed or not. IMO, a .lnk file referencing a local executable should work
    as it has in the past... PERHAPS warning me the first time it's launched, but
    giving me the opportunity to check a box and get the IE6 behavior.

    KevinBuchan, Sep 20, 2006
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