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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