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

No address bar nor search box – not for me thank you very much.

There are many new features of Microsoft Windows 8 that will be great for tablets and touch devices, but will be annoying as all get out for desktop users. This is a major complaint among many of the Windows 8 naysayers. However, many of these little annoyances can be avoided with a simple configuration tweak. If you use Internet Explorer on a desktop system, this should be one of the first adjustments you make in Windows 8.

Metro IE

By default, when you click on a web link in the Windows 8 Metro UI, Internet Explorer will open that web page in the Metro UI version of IE. This opens the browser page in full screen with now navigation buttons, address bars, etc. similar to what you see here.

This slideshow is also available as a post in the TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog.

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By Mark Kaelin

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