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How to Force Internet Explorer and Chrome to Launch in Desktop Mode on Windows 8  

If you primarly work in Desktop Mode in Windows 8, you'll often be irritated when the you get the special Modern (Metro) Internet Explorer.

It turns out this is very easy to force Windows 8 to only launch IE in Desktop Mode.

First, enter Desktop Mode (Windows-D) and Launch IE from the taskbar. If you don't have an IE icon in your taskbar, then click Windows-R which will launch the Run Window, then type iexplore as shown below. 


Once IE launches, click on the Tools Icon (the gear) on the top right and select Internet Options.


In the Internet Options dialog, go to the Programs tab and under Choose how you open links select Always in Internet Explorer on the desktop and press OK.


And you are done. Now you'll always see IE launch in desktop mode –  even if you click on the IE Icon on the Modern/Metro Start Screen.


For Google Chrome Users

This is pretty easy, first click on this button in the upper-right hand side of Chrome



And then select Relaunch Chrome on the desktop



Now Chrome will always open on the desktop


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Reader Comments (4)

This is a life saver on Windows. Thank you for posting this! Working in Windows 8 has become so complex. Used to be a big fan of Windows but now open to other operating systems like the iPad that do not force you to do things you don't want to do or sway you in a particular direction (apart from Google Maps on iOS).

October 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnon

Win 8 is still not a very good " workstation" O/S love the kernel Hate the interface . we have 30,000 desktop users who can't "swipe" because they use a keyboard and mouse. Swiping is cumbersome at best. My IT budget for systems is going to be smaller next year because the administrative overhead of teaching all of our users how to use the win8 interface is going to greatly increase the administrative overhead on support.

Our workers don't want a "pad experience" they want to get to the apps that they use to do t he companies business ( that is where the bonus and the paycheck is).

October 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTehnicrat

My problem is that when I go to internet Options, it says "Always in Internet explorer on the desktop", however I want to change the chrome settings to this (not internet explorer) as I pressed something and now when I open chrome it opens on the whole window, so I cant see my other programs while I'm using it. I also cant hear the music I am playing on it when I use other programs like Microsoft work for example.... Please can you help?

November 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLucy

@Lucy, I've added instructions for Chrome to the article (at the end)

November 12, 2013 | Registered Commentersaveenr

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