How to Make Windows 8 Metro Web Tiles Open in the Desktop Browser

By Taylor Gibb on March 19th, 2012


Windows 8 will ship with the Metro version of Internet Explorer as well as the normal desktop version. Unfortunately, the immersive version is the default web browser and you might not want that on a desktop or laptop.

Setting the Desktop Version of Internet Explorer as Default

The settings for both versions of Internet Explorer seem to be controlled by Internet Options available through the desktop version. So open the desktop version of Internet Explorer and click on the tools button and choose Internet options from the menu.


Now switch over to the programs tab.


Now change the Choose how you open links option to Always in Internet Explorer on the desktop.


Hit the apply button and you’re good to go.


That’s all there is to it.

Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 03/19/12
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