How to select Desktop Internet Explorer as the default browser

For desktop computers that aren’t touch enabled, I find it more convenient to use the desktop version of Internet Explorer instead of the Modern UI Internet Explorer.  The Modern UI Internet Explorer was mainly designed for browsing using a touch screen – it incorporates basic controls and the control buttons and text boxes are much bigger.  It isn’t as fully featured as the desktop version of Internet Explorer.

As a PC desktop user, I found it irritating that when I would type “Internet Explorer” on the Windows 8 Start Page, the Internet Explorer tile would always lead me to using the Modern UI Internet Explorer app.  I prefer to use the desktop version – it consumes less memory and is a fully featured web browser.

I found a way to configure Windows 8 to use the desktop version by default.  Here are the steps to do it.

Step 1) Type “Internet Options” when you are in the Start Page and select the Settings icon that pops up on the right of the screen.  Please see the highlighted icon on the graphic below that is labeled Settings.

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After you left-click on the Internet Options  program that Windows 8 found, a window should pop up on the desktop when the title “Internet Properties”.

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Step 2) Left-click on the Programs tab

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Step 3) Left-click the checkbox labeled Open Internet Explorer tiles on the desktop

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Step 4) Left-click the OK button

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The result should be, whenever you type “Internet Explorer” on the Start Page and you left-click on the program that Windows 8 found, it will use the desktop version of Internet Explorer instead of the Modern UI version.

If you want to permanently use the Desktop version of Internet Explorer.  Select “Always in Internet Explorer on the desktop” in the "Choose how you open links” dropbox then click “Ok”.

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That is all there is to it.  Good luck and happy computing.

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