Launch Edge Browser


The Edge browser in Windows 10 is a "Metro" (aka "Modern", aka "Universal") app. It is designed as a "protocol activated" application. So, that means there is no EXE file that you can use to directly launch Edge from the command line or a shortcut.

This doesn't normally create a problem, until you want to create a desktop shortcut to Edge (perhaps to launch a particular web site). Or, when some application allows you to pick which browser to use via a menu... and they only allow EXE files.

So, that's where this application comes in... it is a command-line tool that allows you to launch Microsoft Edge in those scenarios where you need an EXE file.

Example of Use

Here is an example of using EdgeLaunch to create a desktop shortcut. You can add other command-line arguments, for example, to open with a specific web page.


The Source Code

The program is extremely small... just a few lines of code


using System;
namespace EdgeLaunch
    class Program
        static void Main(string[] args)
                // launch the Edge browser
                System.Diagnostics.Process.Start(@"shell:Appsfolder\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe!MicrosoftEdge", String.Join(" ", args));
            catch (Exception ex)
                Console.WriteLine("Could not launch Edge: " + ex.Message);
                Console.WriteLine("Press Enter to close");


Module Module1
    Sub Main(args As String())
            System.Diagnostics.Process.Start("shell:Appsfolder\Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe!MicrosoftEdge", Join(args, " "))
        Catch ex As Exception
            Console.WriteLine("Could not launch Edge: " & ex.Message)
            Console.WriteLine("Press Enter to close")
        End Try
    End Sub
End Module

Public Domain

This application and its source code are placed in the "public domain". That means it's completely free, with no restrictions on its use. There is no license, so you can do anything you want with it, to include making money from it. You are also free to tinker with it, modify it, add new features, etc.

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