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How to Turn On or Off Phone Numbers in Modern Internet Explorer 11 in Windows 8.1


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The modern Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) automatically detects and highlights phone numbers within a webpage, and turns them into clickable links. When you see a phone number, just click/tap on it and begin your call right next to your webpage using a calling app like Skype or Lync that can handle phone numbers.

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This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off having modern Internet Explorer 11 detect phone numbers on sites to make them clickable in Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1.


EXAMPLE: Clickable Phone Numbers in Modern Internet Explorer 11

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IE11 Modern Phone Numbers - Turn On or Off in Windows 8.1 OPTION ONE IE11 Modern Phone Numbers - Turn On or Off in Windows 8.1
To Turn On or Off Phone Numbers in Modern IE11 in Options

1. Open the modern IE11 from your Start screen.

2. While in modern IE11, open the Charms bar, and click/tap on Settings.

3. In Settings, click/tap on Options, and do step 4 or 5 below for what you would like to do. (see screenshot below)

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4. To Turn On Phone Numbers in your Modern IE11

A) In Options under Phone numbers, move the slider to the right to turn it on, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below step 6)

5. To Turn Off Phone Numbers in your Modern IE11

A) In Options under Phone numbers, move the slider to the left to turn it off, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below step 6)

6. When finished, you can click/tap on an empty area in IE11 to close the Options flyout.

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IE11 Modern Phone Numbers - Turn On or Off in Windows 8.1 OPTION TWO IE11 Modern Phone Numbers - Turn On or Off in Windows 8.1
To Turn On or Off Phone Numbers in Modern IE11 using a REG File


Note   Note
The .reg files below are for the registry key and value below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FormatDetection

PhoneNumberEnabled DWORD

0 = Turn off Phone Numbers in IE
1 = Turn on Phone Numbers in IE



1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

2. To Turn On Phone Numbers in your Modern IE11

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.


Turn_On_Phone_Numbers_Modern_IE11.reg


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3. To Turn Off Phone Numbers in your Modern IE11

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.


Turn_Off_Phone_Numbers_Modern_IE11.reg


download


4. Save the REG file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded REG file to merge it.

6. Click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK when prompted to approve the merge.

7. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.



That's it,
Shawn