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Make Pinned Metro Website Tiles Open in the Desktop IE in Windows 8


The ability to pin websites to your Start Screen is a nice touch in Windows 8, however by default the sites you pin open with the Metro version of Internet Explorer. Here’s how to change that.

Making Pinned Websites Open With The Desktop Version Of Internet Explorer

The settings that both Internet Explorers use are controlled through the Internet Options dialog, which can be reached from the desktop version of IE, so go ahead and launch it, then click on the tools button and select Internet Options.


Now switch over to the programs tab.


Now check the box that says Open Internet Explorer tiles on the desktop.


Hit the OK button and you’re done, now every time when you open a link it will open with the non-immersive (desktop) version of Internet Explorer.

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 03/13/12

Comments (4)

  1. Brian

    How do you pin a web site to the Metro Start screen?

  2. Brian

    OK, to pin a web site to the Metro Start page, open the page in the new IE10 (full screen) – which means not IE10 on the Desktop, then click the Pin icon, and select Pin to Start.

  3. Bob


    I am doing that, but it doesn’t show up on the start screen. If I click in the location bar of the Metro IE, a new menu comes up with frequent sites as well as the ones I’ve pinned, but nothing on the actual start screen.

    Anyone out there have any suggestions?

  4. Bob

    Nevermind… I happened to go back to my Start Screen later, and all of my pinned sites were there.

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