Javascript – How to open a link in the default web browser from an HTA


I'm working on an application that is implemented as an HTA. I have a series of links that I would like to have open in the system's default web browser. Using <a href="url" target="_blank"> opens the link in IE regardless of the default browser.

Is there a way to use the default browser? Using JavaScript is an option.

Best Answer

Create a shell and attempt to run a URL.

This works for me (save as whatever.hta and execute it) on my system. Clicking on the button opens Google in Firefox:

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01//EN" "">
<html lang="en">
  <title>HTA Test</title>
  <hta:application applicationname="HTA Test" scroll="yes" singleinstance="yes">
  <script type="text/javascript">
  function openURL()
      var shell = new ActiveXObject("WScript.Shell");"");

<input type="button" onclick="openURL()" value="Open Google">