How to open Internet Explorer 10 in Desktop Mode on Windows 8

Internet Explorer 10In Windows 8 there are two different ways of using Internet Explorer. One way is to open Internet Explorer from within the Desktop mode, which gives you visible tabs, the address bar, and easy access to the Internet Explorer options.

Internet Explorer Desktop Mode - OxfordSBSGuy website

The other is to use Internet Explorer from the New User Interface (previously known as Metro), and is called a Chrome-less mode because it uses all of the screen and is border-less.

Internet Explorer - Chrome-less mode oxfordsbsguy website

By default Internet Explorer decides which mode to open, but if you would always like it to open in desktop mode how do you configure it?

From the desktop run Internet Explorer by running it from the program location, or press Windows Key + R, and type iexplore.

Click on the Tools button in the top right hand corner (it looks like a cog) or press Alt + X, and select Internet Options and then the Programs tab.

Or from within the New User Interface go to Control Panel (just start typing it), and select Internet Options.

Go to the Program tab, and from the drop down box, select how you would like Internet Explorer to open.

Internet Options - Programs

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4 thoughts on “How to open Internet Explorer 10 in Desktop Mode on Windows 8

    1. Pritesh

      In same way…do all procedure..just whn u come at program change the view let IE decide and unmark the always open in desktop mode ,given down.

  1. Lucy

    I have open the internet option (which looks like your very last screenshot), however the drop down menu is in grey and will not let me alter it in any way. How do I change the settings so that I can choose to change this? Thank you


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