Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) is a version of the Internet Explorer web browser and is the default browser in Windows 8.
IE10 expands on previous versions internet explorer with hardware acceleration, cascading style sheets version 3 support as well as HTML 5 support. IE10 also introduces new features such as Adobe Flash integration and Flip Ahead.
Adobe Flash Integration - Internet Explorer 10 includes a built-in Adobe Flash Player. In the App version of IE10, only some of the features of Adobe Flash will be included due to battery life, performance and security purposes.
Flip Ahead - Allows you to quickly advance to the next page in a website with a swipe gesture on touch screen devices or a forward button using a mouse.
In Windows 8, Internet Explorer (IE) 10 can be used in two different ways. There is the Windows 8 App version of IE 10, which is a streamlined mobile-friendly version of the browser, and the classic Desktop version, which is much more like the previous versions of IE.
The App version does not support plug-ins, so it may be necessary to switch to the Desktop version for certain websites. In 64-bit versions of Windows 8, this App version is the default version.
Press the Windows Key to call up the Start Screen then tap/click the Internet Explorer tile.
The toolbar at the bottom can be hidden by pressing Esc on the keyboard. If the toolbar is missing, it could just be hidden. To bring the toolbar back, press F4. The address bar returns as well as a listing of frequently-visited websites. Press F4 again, and the browser returns to normal, as the frequently-visited website links disappear, but the address bar and tools stay. The address bar will be highlighted and ready for an address to be entered.
The App version does support tabbed browsing. If you right-click on any empty space on the current website (not on a link or a picture), the tabs appear along the top, represented by miniature views of the tabbed website.
Internet Options can be accessed in the App version of IE 10. Press Windows Key + I (“I” as in “Internet”) and the Settings sidebar slides out. Internet Options is already highlighted, so simply press Enter.
To delete the browsing history, press the Delete button and all of the temporary files and cookies are cleared out.
Switching to Desktop View
There is a wrench icon that allows you to switch the App version of IE to the Desktop version. This can also be very helpful if the website has a plug-in that won’t run in the App version of IE. This is also useful to access additional Internet Options. Click the wrench icon and pick View on the desktop to open the current website in the Desktop version of IE.
Changing your Home Page
- Closed all open tabs, then open Internet Explorer in the desktop
- Tap/click Tools , and then tap or click Internet options
- Under the General tab, enter the web address of your new home page, and then tap or click Apply
You'll need to restart Internet Explorer and Internet Explorer in the desktop to see your new home page. You can change your home page at any time, or set up multiple home pages that will open in separate tabs.
To get to the Desktop version of IE 10 press the Windows Key to call up the Start Screen then tap/click on the Desktop tile.
Click on the IE icon to open up Internet Explorer. By default, the icon should appear on the lower left of the screen.
Through the desktop method, the IE10 toolbar is nearly identical to IE9 in look and functionality.
Through the desktop method, IE10 tabs are nearly identical to IE9 in look and functionality.
To get into Internet Options, click the Tools icon at the top right and click/tap Internet options from the menu.
Through the desktop method, Internet Options in IE10 are nearly identical to IE9 in look and functionality.
Switching to Start Screen
- Touch screen device – Swipe up from the lower left corner of the device and tap on the App tile
- Using a mouse – Move your pointer to the lower left corner of your screen and click on the App tile
If you are seeing the pop-up message, "Internet Explorer has stopped working", try the steps below to troubleshoot the issue:
- Open Internet Explorer
- Click Tools from the menu bar in the upper left.
Note: You may have to press and release the Alt key on your keyboard to see this menu.
- Click Internet Options. The Internet Options screen will appear.
- Click the Advanced Tab.
- Click the Reset button in the lower right.
- On the screen that appears, click the Reset button again to confirm.
- Click Close to exit the settings screen.
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