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Missing Internet Explorer Tile

  1. #1


    Posts : 106
    Windows 8 Pro

    Missing Internet Explorer Tile


    My Internet Explorer Tile has stopped working and is now missing.

    I did not install any other Internet Browsers.

    I did try to add a second Internet Explorer tile that opens the regular Internet Explorer. That didn't work and now the normal tile is gone.

    When in the Start Screen, typing "Internet" BRINGS UP NOTHING. So that method of bringing it back does not work.

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  2. #2


    Go to desktop IE, make it your default browser, reboot.

    Default Programs - Set Your Default Programs in Windows 8
    Last edited by Brink; 30 Oct 2012 at 12:17. Reason: added link for more info
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  3. #3


    Posts : 106
    Windows 8 Pro


    Thank you, it's back.

    Is there any way to open Internet Explorer on the Desktop directly from the Start Screen?
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  4. #4


    Posts : 22,575
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Cly,

    Normally you only open the IE10 Metro version from the Start screen.

    If you like, you could change what version (Metro or desktop) of IE10 you would like links open in by default.
    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  5. #5


    Posts : 106
    Windows 8 Pro


    Shawn,

    That is a good tip. I have set it to always open the Desktop version of IE10. Is there any reason to ever use the Metro version on an old fashioned desktop? Maybe there is something I am not aware of but I do not see any reason.

    Similarly, can I use the Metro Mail app. Is there a way to summon that app or other Metro apps directly from the Desktop?
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  6. #6


    Posts : 22,575
    64-bit Windows 10


    Cly,

    It's really just your preference for which one you would prefer to use. The IE10 Metro would be better for touch screens, but can still be used on non touch screen systems if you like.

    You could use this below to open "Metro" Store apps from the desktop if you like.

    Metro Apps - Open from Desktop in Windows 8
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