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


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

Comments (10)

  1. Cambo

    Is it just me, or does anyone else ignore any articles with “Windows 8” in the header?

  2. Ron

    Haha…if you’re ignoring this article on Windows 8 why are you commenting? Just curious. Actually, I like ‘8’ enough to try to learn how it works so I won’t be critical of something that I later find out was really simple. I do miss the start button though.

  3. Mike

    What I’m noticing is a trend for stuff that should be simple as heck to figure out needing articles to explain them, meaning that Windows 8 is still underbaked and needs to stay in the over for a bit longer. If they don’t smooth out all these things that should be simple but aren’t, they’re going to get a lot of flak when they release, and the last thing Microsoft needs is more bad press from the non-techies for their OS, especially one shaping up to be as awesome as this one is.

  4. jon_hill987

    “Unfortunately, the immersive version is the default web browser and you might not want that on a desktop or laptop.”

    Sadly I think that about Metro as a whole. Windows 8 really needs two versions, one for desktops, where despite what Microsoft think we don’t have nor want touch screens, and one for tablets.

  5. art

    The ¨chose how you open links¨ option is grayed out on my computer, what am i doing wrong

  6. Sabrina

    Good to know about the How to Make Windows 8 Metro Web Tiles Open in the Desktop Browser.

  7. jackson

    Thanks for giving the more information about the How to Make Windows 8 Metro Web Tiles Open in the Desktop Browser

  8. Mike Korkowski

    I’m a power user and so far I’m not liking Windows 8. Not impressed in any way.

  9. Asgaro

    I was planning on waiting for the Windows 8 release to format my PC (last time was end of 2010).

    But the Win 8 Consumer Preview put me off so much, that I already formatted my PC yesterday, with Windows 7.
    I’m certain I won’t buy Win 8: if you are someone who doesn’t care about Metro and wanted to have advances on the normal desktop, Win 8 is overpriced. It’s like a Win 7 service pack!
    Only the ribbon in Win Explorer seems a good advancement, but that’s about it.

    And let’s not forget about the awful inconsistencies regarding the UI and regarding the behaviour of apps! Also, you can’t complete disable the Metro UI if you want that.

    I now bought an SSD and installed Win 7 on that, and everything is blazing fast. I’m happy with this set-up!

  10. Mike Kingsbury

    Windows 8 put me off a little at first, but once you figure out how it works it’s easy.

    I’m using it just the way I used Windows 7 and hardly notice the difference.

    You can make it boot to the desktop, and display much the same as W7 without using any thing that isn’t built into the software, no addons or anything.

    I would like to see an alternate start menu for people like myself who have big monitors and don’t need giant icons.

    I’d like to see a simple list format that can be arranged to suit the owner, or alphabetically.

    I finally got all my drivers sorted and a software update for the only program I had that wouldn’t run in 8 and am using it as my primary OS now.

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