Slideshow: Change IE in Windows 8 to open links in desktop mode every time

Change to Always in Internet Explorer on the desktop

The first section on the Program tab deals with Internet Explorer. Click the drop down menu and change the entry to read "Always in Internet Explorer on the desktop."

Note, you can also specify that you want Metro UI tiles to open in IE on the desktop by clicking the check box. When you are finished, click Apply and then OK.

Presumably, if Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and other browsers will operate in a similar fashion when (if) they release Windows 8/Metro versions of those web browsers.

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Sorry your comments are not entirely correct. First, all Windows applications are fitted with a right mouse click function, which is also available on Windows 8 Metro. Using the right mouse click option on Windows Internet Browser on Windows 8 Metro will trigger exactly what is missing and discussed in the article above. So a right mouse click on either top or the bottom of the screen and is also available in Windows 8 Metro will enable you with simple clicks to, few other open pages, see the title bar, add and bookmark options and much more. On Tablet PCs and Windows phones this function is triggered through a double pressing on the screen or pressing the screen for a few seconds. To your claims, I do not see an disadvantage rather an improvement to visibility and interruptions reducing displayed contents on any sized screens unnecessarily. Personally, I see new application developments challenging on site of a developer, but an huge improvement for end user of all ages and skill levels. At last but not least,??not all changes and modifications are wrong and bad rather see it as easing the burden of double handling as such requested in other non Windows/Microsoft systems, Working smarter not harder.??


one will actually have to USE IE?!?!? Yet another fail for 8.