BC Calc Offline Mode and its Default Web Browser

Current testing of BC Calc® software online (.com) as well as Offline Mode include Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge and Mozilla Firefox. Any of these three mainstream browsers make fine choices as a Windows Default browser. (Internet Explorer is no longer compatible.)

Google Chrome is generally the most compatible browser and is recommended for BC Calc (.com or Offline Mode). This article will use Chrome as an example but these processes can be modified to work with any of the aforementioned browsers. 

The Offline Mode installation creates a desktop shortcut that opens the application in the Windows default browser.

If you would prefer to keep your current default browser but have Offline Mode open in Chrome, there are a couple of way to achieve this. (We'll also cover making Chrome your default Browser below.)


Modify the Shortcut

To modify the BC Calc Offline Mode Shortcut:

Right-click on the desktop shortcut and select Properties to modify the target of the shortcut.


This is the default Target of the shortcut when BC Calc offline installs. This opens BC Calc offline in the default Windows browser:

C:\Windows\explorer.exe "http://bccalcoffline:88"

Changing the “Target” text to the following will open BC Calc offline in Chrome:

"C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" http://bccalcoffline:88/BCCalcAnalysis
Create a Chrome-specific Shortcut

To create a shortcut that will open in Google Chrome even when it's not your default browser:

From Chrome, navigate to http://bccalcoffline:88 and click the. •••

Select More tools

Select Create Shortcut...


Choose the shortcut name and click Create

NOTE: If you check Open as Window, the next time you open the link, it will open without an editable search bar.

Setting Chrome as the Default Browser

If you'd prefer to use Chrome as your default browser (recommended):

Click the Start (Windows) button and search for Settings or click the gear icon

Under Default Apps scroll down to Web browser

Click and select Chrome from the list.


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