Internet Explorer is built into the Windows operating system, and you can open it from the "Start" menu. It will be easier to run it if you add its icon to your taskbar. If another browser opens when you click on links, then you can set Internet Explorer as your default browser.
Part 1 of 4: Open Internet Explorer
Step 1. Click or tap the Start button
It is located in the lower left corner of your desk. You might see a simple Windows logo or the inscription To start up.
- You can press ⊞ Win from any keyboard to open the menu To start up or to display the home screen.
- If you're using Windows 8 and you don't see the button To start up, move the cursor to the lower left corner of the screen and click on the popup To start up which appears.
Step 2. Type internet explorer in the search bar
This action will search for Internet Explorer, and display it in the first results.
Internet Explorer is preinstalled on all versions of Windows and cannot be uninstalled. You should therefore be able to find it by searching this way
Step 3. Click Internet Explorer in the results to open it
This action will run the browser.
Step 4. Create a shortcut for quick access
Right click on the Internet Explorer icon that appears in your taskbar (at the bottom of the screen) and select Pin this program to the taskbar. This will fix the browser icon in the Windows taskbar, even if it is closed, so you can quickly open it.
Step 5. Resolve the issue of Internet Explorer not opening
If the browser fails to open or closes immediately after opening, follow this procedure.
- Open the Control panel from the menu To start up. In Windows 10 and 8.1, right click on the button To start up and select Control panel.
- Click on Network and Internet, then on Internet options.
- Click on the tab Advanced then on Reset …
- Check the box Delete personal settings, then click Reset. Restart your computer and try to launch Internet Explorer again.
Part 2 of 4: Make Internet Explorer your default browser (Windows 10)
Step 1. Click the Start button and select Settings
This functionality is represented by a cogwheel which is located on the left in the menu. To start up.
Step 2. Click Applications, then click Default Applications
This action will bring up the programs that are configured to run certain services and open specific files.
Step 3. Click on the Web browser option
Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge both come preinstalled on Windows 10. You may also see other browsers you have installed such as Firefox or Chrome.
Step 4. Select Internet Explorer from the list
This action will set this browser as the default to open all HTML files and web links.
Step 5. Make use of the Control Panel
Do this if your settings are not saved. If Internet Explorer is not set as your default browser, then you should make changes in the Control panel. Follow the instructions in the next section, as they also apply to Windows 10. You can open the Control panel by right clicking on the button To start up and selecting the feature from the menu.
Part 3 of 4: Make Internet Explorer your default browser (Windows 8.1 and earlier)
Step 1. Open the Control Panel
In Windows 7 and earlier versions, you will find this feature on the right in the menu To start up. In Windows 8.1, right click on the button To start up and select Control panel. In Windows 8, press ⊞ Win + X and select Control panel from the menu.
Step 2. Click Programs, then click Default Programs
Step 3. Click Configure Default Programs
This action will bring up a list of all the file types and programs that are on your computer. It may take a few moments for the list to load.
Step 4. Select Internet Explorer from the list of programs
You may need to scroll the cursor to be able to find the browser.
Step 5. Click Set this program as the default program
This will immediately configure Internet Explorer as the default program for opening HTML files and Internet links. You can currently close the windows of the Control panel.
Part 4 of 4: change your Internet Explorer start page
Step 1. Click on the gear button in Internet Explorer
You will find this in the upper right corner of the browser. In older versions, you have to click on the menu Tools instead of the menu bar. If you also don't see this, press alt = "Image" to bring up the menu bar.
Step 2. Select Internet Options
If this feature appears in gray, wait a moment and try again.
- You can also click on Internet options in the Control panel to open this feature without having to launch Internet Explorer.
Step 3. Enter the addresses in the Start Page field
Each Internet link you enter will open in a separate tab when you launch Internet Explorer. Make sure each URL is listed on a separate line. You can copy and paste addresses directly from your browser's address bar.
Step 4. Check the Start with home page option
You will find this in the Getting started section. By doing this, you can be sure that Internet Explorer will always load your home pages each time you open it.
Step 5. Click OK or Apply to save the changes
Your new home page settings will take effect the next time you launch Internet Explorer or when you click the button Home.