Internet Explorer Desktop Mode

When traveling, my Surface computer is my go to device.  I also almost always work from the desktop rather than the start screen.  One of the behaviors that I didn’t care for is that Internet Explorer opens from the Start screen by default rather than the desktop.  If you are like me and want IE to open in desktop mode by default, you can easily change the behavior with just a few clicks.

  • Open Internet Explorer on the Desktop
  • Select Internet Options from the ‘Gear’ icon in the upper right browser window
  • Select the Programs Tab
  • Select “Always in Internet Explorer on the Desktop” from the “Choose how to open links option
  • Check the box “Open Internet Explorer Tiles on  the Desktop”
  • Select Apply
  • Select Ok

That’s it. Going forward, IE should open in desktop mode by default.


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