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Suppose someone sends you a message with an URL:

example hangouts window

When clicking that URL it'll spin up a Chrome window or tab with that URL. However, Chrome is not my favorite browser on this PC. I want to make Hangouts open links in my favorite browser by default.

I've tried gone breadth-first through the settings of a contact, as well as the Hangouts general settings, but haven't found an option for this. I've searched with Google but found no relevant results, and I've searched WebApps.SE finding zero relevant results as well.

Workarounds I've found are all suboptimal. Using Hangouts from your another browser (via Gmail) makes links open in that browser, but Hangouts in your browser is not a nice experience. Obviously there's copy-pasting the URL into your favorite browser, but that also requires several tedious manual actions.

My setup is Windows 8.1 with latest updates. I have installed Chrome (latest), Firefox (latest), and IE 11. The latter is set as my favorite browser. The Hangouts app is one I've installed quite some time ago at first seems like a separate app, because it's a separate set of windows, and because of how it's shown in the taskbar:

Hangouts in taskbar

However I can't seem to find the application in the "Programs and Features" settings screen of Windows. It does show up as an extension for Google Chrome, which does kind of suggest that what I want is not possible.

Or is it?

  • Are you using Hangouts from Chrome? Or your favorite browser? When you open an URL from any browser the link opens within the same browser. What OS? What browser are you using? Seems to me that this issue is not Hangouts specific, but system related. – slybloty Feb 25 '15 at 17:15
  • I've tried to clarify, thus nearly answering my own question. I guess that since "The Hangouts App" I thought I had on my PC is actually a Chrome extension masquerading as an actual app. If it's an extension I guess there's probably no way to make links in it open in a different (my favorite) browser. It is Hangouts-specific though, not some bug on my system (e.g. same behavior on other, different PCs). – Jeroen Feb 25 '15 at 17:50
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What you have installed is the Chrome extension of the Hangouts App. It is a standalone window/app but it runs within the Chrome browser, therefore it opens everything in Chrome, just like a detached tab.

You should try installing the plugin.

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    Thank you for your comment (which helped me discover this was the case) as well as your answer confirming things in clear words. Feeling silly, I almost deleted my question, but I guess I may as well leave it out there in case others wonder about the same thing. Cheers! – Jeroen Feb 25 '15 at 22:54
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One of my friends created a utility that allows you to open links in your browser of choice. It's only for Mac right now so you can get it on the Mac App Store.

I know you asked this as a Windows user but maybe you or someone else find Buffet useful today. This browser picker is tremendously helpful for developers, sysadmins and superusers.

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