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Internet Explorer not a Metro application?

desertman

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When I click onto the Internet Explorer tile on my Windows 8.1 Start screen Windows switches to the Desktop and opens Internet Explorer there as a Desktop application.

Can it really be possible that the Internet Explorer 11 is not a Metro application? Not that I am especially hot about the Start screen with all its tiles but it makes me wonder why the Internet Explorer - in my opinion the most important application for most "normal" Windows users - is not opening as a Metro application.

Is or is not the Internet Explorer a Metro application? If it is, how can I use it as such one?
 

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XweAponX

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You have to tell it to run as a Tile, from within the Desktop Version. IE has to be the default Browser. The Setting is in Internet Tools on the "Programs" property sheet:

ietile.png

First you must set IE to Default, then change the settings in this Property Sheet.

The Desktop version is better though, before you change to Tile, go to "Tools->Active X Filtering" and make sure it is shut off, then when you switch to the Tile version, some sites that use Flash and Active X will work, but not all of them, Those only work int the Desktop Version.
 

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desertman

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Thanks, worked! It was probably different on my computer because I had Firefox set as my default browser.

Now it is possible to have the Internet Explorer open twice - as Metro application and as desktop application. I find that a little weird, especially since the setting "Open Internet Explorer tiles on the desktop" suggests in my understanding that IE would now be always working in Metro mode, even when it gets started from the desktop.
 

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XweAponX

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Take my word for it, Desktop it Better. Heh.

If you use Tile Mode, Microsoft dictates to you which Sites with Active X and Flash will be visible. In Desktop Mode, they ALL work.

I prefer Chrome if I want to use a Browser in Tile Mode, it does not seem to have the same limitation.
 

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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7
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    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus § DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2300 MHz (11.5 x 200) 4400+ § Corsair Value Select
    CPU
    AMD 4400+/4200+
    Motherboard
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus/Asus A8M2N-LA (NodusM)
    Memory
    2 GB/3GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce 8400 GS/GeForce 210
    Sound Card
    nVIDIA GT218 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Hitachi 40" LCD HDTV
    Screen Resolution
    "1842 x 1036"
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD50 00AAKS-007AA SCSI Disk Device
    ST1000DL 002-9TT153 SCSI Disk Device
    WDC WD3200AAJB-00J3A0 ATA Device
    WDC WD32 WD-WCAPZ2942630 USB Device
    WD My Book 1140 USB Device
    PSU
    Works 550w
    Case
    MSI "M-Box"
    Cooling
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    Dell Keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Intellimouse
    Internet Speed
    Cable Medium Speed
    Browser
    Chrome/IE 10
    Antivirus
    Eset NOD32 6.x/Win Defend
    Other Info
    Recently lost my Windows 8 on my main PC, had to go back to Windows 7.

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