We have already covered a simple way to launch Windows applications directly from Firefox with the click of a button. Furthermore, we covered an alternate approach to achieve the same objective but with much more flexibility but a bit more involved (so probably more suitable for advanced users). However, today we are going to cover a much simpler technique to launch/open the currently open webpage in a tab in Firefox in to another web browser of your choice, for example, Internet Explorer, Safari or Google Chrome etc. In fact, this technique is just not limited to open a webpage in an external browser in Windows but also you can use it launch external Windows applications.
All that is required is the installation of the Open With extension for Firefox. After installation it will add items to your View menu, your tab bar menu, or your context menu, which will open the page you’re looking at in another web browser. It fetches the currently installed browsers list from registry, so it might not detect all the installed browsers. For example, in my case it didn’t detect the Chrome. But you can easily add the browser of choice from the settings panel to be shown as another item available as a button or an item from the dropdown. Actually, you can use this extension to add any executable, so that executable will be launched directly from Firefox if you click the respective menu item/button as mentioned before.
One of the strong points about the extension is that in preferences it provides the option to show the items as a dropdown menu (to conserve space as in first figure above) or show as a separate buttons in different places in Firefox (such as toolbar as in second figure).
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