Windows 10: EdgeDeflector 1.2 released: redirect Edge requests to your favorite browser

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    EdgeDeflector 1.2 released: redirect Edge requests to your favorite browser


    I reviewed EdgeDeflector back in 2017 when the open source program was first released. It was designed to address a serious usability issue in Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system, as the operating system would open some links only in Microsoft's own Microsoft Edge browser and not in other browsers, even if that other browser was set as the default on the system.

    The developer released a handful of updates for the program in 2017 but took a sabbatical in the following years. Late last month, after nearly four years without updates, a new version of EdgeDeflector was released.

    EdgeDeflector 1.2 addresses several issues introduced in new Windows 10 releases. Existing users need to uninstall the old version entirely before installing the new version.

    The application itself has a size of 60 Kilobytes. Note that Windows 10 may throw a SmartScreen warning page. Check out our SmartScreen guide on how to bypass the prompt.

    EdgeDeflector cannot make the necessary changes automatically anymore because of changes made to the process by Microsoft. The program opens a page with instructions after a successful installation that guides users of the program through the setup process. Basically, what needs to be done, is to set the app as the default protocol for Microsoft Edge's native protocol that Windows 10 uses.

    EdgeDeflector 1.2 released: redirect Edge requests to your favorite browser edgedeflector-windows-10.png

    Here is how that is done:

    1. Select Start > Settings, or use Windows-I to open the Settings application.
    2. Open Apps > Default Apps.
    3. Scroll down and select "Choose default apps by protocol".
    4. Scroll down to MICROSOFT-EDGE on the page that opens.
    5. Activate the Microsoft Edge entry next to it and select EdgeDeflector as the new protocol handler.
    6. Select "switch anyway" if Microsoft tries to persuade you not to.

    EdgeDeflector should be listed as the default handler after the operation.

    EdgeDeflector 1.2 released: redirect Edge requests to your favorite browser microsoft-edge-redirect-other-browser.png

    The process is not changing the default web browser. If Edge is set as the default browser, Microsoft Edge protocol links, used by search, News and Interests and in other operating system areas, will still be opened in Edge.

    Change the web browser under Default Apps if you have not done so. You can test this in the following way:

    1. Use Windows-R to open the runbox.
    2. Type or paste microsoft-edge:ghacks.net and hit return.
    3. The Ghacks homepage should open in the default browser set on the system.

    You can download the latest version of EdgeDeflector from the project's GitHub page. The new version installs per-user and not system-wide anymore, and does not require elevation because of this.

    The developer fixed a compatibility issue with certain antivirus programs which flagged the EdgeDeflector installer as suspicious.

    Now You: Which browser is the default on your system? Have you used EdgeDeflector on Windows 10?

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    GHacks, May 6, 2021
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  2. I am not able to open favorites folder or sub folders under it in EDGE browser

    Hi Rodney,

    We are sorry for the inconvenience caused to you.

    Kindly follow the below steps to navigate the Microsoft EDGE browser’s favorites folder location.


    • Open Windows File Explorer and navigate to the following path: (Press
      Windows + E keys on the keyboard to open File Explorer)

      C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Packages\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe\AC\MicrosoftEdge\User\Default

      Note: username represent the user account name which you have currently signed in to the Windows 10.

    • Here you will be able to locate the EDGE browser’s Favorites folder location.

    • Check whether you are able to locate the favorites which you have created in EDGE browser.
    Note: To back up your favorites in Edge browser, simply copy-paste this Favorites folder to a safe location. To restore favorites, copy and paste your Favorites folder back in the location suggested under
    the step 1.

    I hope the above information helps you to locate the EDGE browser’s favorites folder location.

    Thank you.
     
    Kiran Kishore, May 6, 2021
    #2
  3. How to import the Favorites to Microsoft Edge?

    Hi Starcia,

    Welcome to Microsoft Community.

    Sorry to know that the Favorites and Browser history got deleted on Microsoft Edge. I will certainly help you.

    Did you clear the Browser history prior to this issue?

    I suggest you to follow the below steps to restore the Favorites and check if it resolves the issue.



    Step 1: Check Favorites folder in User profile



    1. Open File Explorer or press Windows logo + E
    keys.

    2. Navigate to C drive > Users >
    Select your User profile > Favorites.

    3. If you’re able to see the favorites list, then you will be able to import the Favorites from there.

    Step 2: Import Favorites from folder or from browser.


    1. Launch the Microsoft Edge browser.

    2. Click on Favorites and select Favorites settings.

    3. Click on Import.

    Please post back with the status of the issue and we will be glad to assist you further.

    Thank you.
     
    Vinodh_Kumar V, May 6, 2021
    #3
  4. Arun B J Win User

    EdgeDeflector 1.2 released: redirect Edge requests to your favorite browser

    Unable to import favorites from Interner Explorer to edge in windows 10

    Hi,



    Thank you for posting the query on Microsoft Community.

    I understand your concern and will assist you to resolve this issue.

    I suggest you to follow the steps below and check if it helps.

    Step1: Check Favorites folder in User profile.


    • Open C: Drive.

    • Select User.

    • Select user profile.

    • Click on Favorites.

    • If you’re able to see the favorites list, then you will be able to import the Favorites from there.
    Step 2: Import Favorites from folder or from browser.


    • Open the Microsoft EDGE browser.

    • Click on Favorites.

    • Select Favorites settings.

    • Click on Import.


    Hope this information is helpful. Please do let us know if you need further assistance with Windows, we’ll be glad to assist you.
     
    Arun B J, May 6, 2021
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