Make desktop Internet Explorer as default on Windows 8

In Windows 8 operating system, Internet Explorer can be launched from the Metro UI or from the desktop taskbar.

Windows 8 Metro UI

Windows 8 Metro UI

Windows 8 Desktop taskbar


Clicking on any hyperlink (web URL) by default Windows 8 launches the Internet Explorer on Metro UI. Using Internet Explorer options this behavior can be changed to open the Web URL in Internet Explorer on Desktop.

Step 1: Launch Internet Explorer on Windows 8 desktop.

Step 2: Click the Tools icon available on the right hand side and select Internet Options from the drop down list.

Internet Options in IE 11

Step 3: In the Internet Options window, navigate to Programs tab. Then select Always in Internet Explorer on the desktop for Choose how open links under Opening Internet Explorer section.

Always in Internet Explorer on the desktop

Step 4: Click the Ok button to confirm and save the changes.

Now when ever you click on any hyperlink from other applications, Windows 8 will open the web address in the desktop Internet Explorer.

In Category: Internet Explorer, Windows, Windows 8

Ravi Shankar

A Software developer and blogger who is always looking to provide technical help to the wider community.

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