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How to choose between the desktop and Modern UI versions of Internet Explorer 10 under Windows 8

Set which version to use and make a shortcut on the desktop

Pin to taskbar IE10 shortcut

We explain the difference between the two versions of Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8 and, how to make a shortcut icon on the desktop and how to choose which version launches when you click on a link.

On Windows 8, Internet Explorer can operate either in the traditional desktop mode, found on previous versions of Windows, or in the new full-screen mode (the Modern UI version).

See also: Windows 8 review

Usually, if you go to the Start screen and click on the Internet Explorer tile, it will launch the Windows 8 full-screen version of the browser. If you have selected a different browser to Internet Explorer as your default browser, it can be hard to work out how to launch the desktop version of IE10.

An easy way to get quick access to the desktop mode is to go to the Start Screen, right-click on the Internet Explorer tile and select “Pin to taskbar”.

Now when you go back to the Windows desktop, there will be an Internet Explorer icon in your taskbar. Clicking this will bring up the desktop version of the browser.

Once you’re running the desktop version of Internet Explorer, you can click on the cog icon at the top right and select Internet Options and then go to the Programs tab.

Here you can choose how you want web links to open, either in the desktop version or full-screen version of the browser.

Alternatively you can leave it at the default, which is to let Internet Explorer decide for you based on what you’re doing at the time you click.

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