Can't copy links from a Sandboxed browser to Desktop

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r55555
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Can't copy links from a Sandboxed browser to Desktop

Post by r55555 » Sat Oct 25, 2008 7:28 pm

I can't copy (or drag and drop) a link from a Sandboxed browser (IE or Firefox), or from the address bar, to a Desktop shortcut.

How can I do this?

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Post by Guest10 » Sun Oct 26, 2008 9:44 pm

Yeah, that's part of Sandboxie's isolation of sandboxed programs. On XP (with Firefox - haven't tried with IE) this is a workaround:
Right-click the link and choose Copy. Then right-click an open area of the Desktop and choose New > Shortcut.

When you see the box for 'location of the item', paste the text from the clipboard into the box.
Click 'Next' and give the shortcut a name.

Double-clicking the resulting shortcut will open a new tab in my sandboxed Firefox browser, as long as the sandboxed browser is already running. Otherwise, it will open the default browser unsandboxed.
I don't have Firefox forced to run sandboxed, but if I did, then I suppose that the shortcut would launch a sandboxed browser.
Paul
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r55555
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Can't copy links from a Sandboxed browser to Desktop

Post by r55555 » Mon Oct 27, 2008 9:52 pm

Thanks for the reply. Your multi-step operation accomplishes what I want to do.

Sandboxie - The need to do this seems to be unnecessarily restrictive. After all, if I can click on a browser URL link in any forced browser window or tab and open the link - then I don't understand what is to be gained by preventing a user from copying a link to the Desktop and opening it from there.

Sandboxie - Please provide an option to allow dragging of links from a sandboxed browser to create a shortcut on the Desktop or any other location.

Thanks

Guest

Post by Guest » Tue Oct 28, 2008 8:49 am

And you gain even less by not being able to drag things from outside the sandbox into the sandbox.

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Post by Guest10 » Tue Oct 28, 2008 10:07 am

Dragging and dropping a url shortcut from the Desktop into my sandboxed Firefox works just fine.
Paul
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Guest

Post by Guest » Tue Oct 28, 2008 12:06 pm

You're right. But it doesn't work with IE v6.

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Post by tzuk » Tue Oct 28, 2008 4:14 pm

r55555 wrote:Sandboxie - Please provide an option to allow dragging of links from a sandboxed browser to create a shortcut on the Desktop or any other location.
I'm afraid that's not possible, as it would open the possibility for a sandboxed program to exploit this feature.

But there is a very easy workaround. You can right-click a link and select "Add to Favorites", this adds a favorite in the sandbox. Then Sandboxie pops up the Immediate Recover window, and you select Recover to Any Folder, then select the Desktop folder.
tzuk

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Post by Guest » Tue Oct 28, 2008 7:21 pm

What about the reverse situation? Why doesn't it work in IE v6 (the version every XP user has by default)?

Guest

Post by Guest » Thu Nov 27, 2008 10:51 am

DeskCut is a simple extension for Firefox to save a bookmark to the current page on the desktop (or any other folder.) See https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/66

It works well with a sandboxed Firefox. Of course, Sandboxie must have the permission to write in that folder. (Sandbox Settings -> Resource Access -> File Access -> Direct Access -> select firefox.exe and add the folder to the list.)

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Post by henryg » Thu Nov 27, 2008 11:58 am

Anonymous wrote:DeskCut is a simple extension for Firefox to save a bookmark to the current page on the desktop (or any other folder.) See https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/66
Excellent, thank you for this link.
Henry

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I can drag a shortcut into Sandboxed Firefox or IE6

Post by TornadoKat » Thu Jan 01, 2009 2:53 pm

I don't know why others say you can't drop a shortcut into Sandboxed IE6...?

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Re: I can drag a shortcut into Sandboxed Firefox or IE6

Post by MitchE323 » Fri Jan 02, 2009 12:01 am

TornadoKat wrote:I don't know why others say you can't drop a shortcut into Sandboxed IE6...?
Same here, works fine.

TornadoKat

I have the solution to saving Firefox links

Post by TornadoKat » Sat Jan 10, 2009 2:30 pm

All I had to do was open My Computer in Sandboxed mode and then I could drag a link from Firefox to whatever folder I wanted in My Computer, still sandboxed of course, then recover the links in Sandboxie. It requires an extra step but still faster than manually creating links with a copy and paste.

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