Restore Internet Explorer on your Windows 8 start panel

When you set Google Chrome (recommended by myself) as your default browser in Microsoft Windows 8, the Internet Explorer tile disappears from the desktop.

How to get it back, without changing your default browser

You don’t want your default browser back to Internet Explorer (who does?), but you want be able to start it from your start panel. There are blogs where they recommend to set the default browser back to Internet Explorer and you would have automatically have your tile back.

Internet Explorer not in my search

Setting my default browser to Internet Explorer didn’t help, neither could I find Internet Explorer in the search. But there is an easy way of getting it back without all the hassle using the following steps:

  • Go to your desktop and open the explorer by clicking the map in the lower left corner
  • Now search your computer (C drive works mostly fine too) for iexplore (without the "r" in the end).
  • Right-click on the Internet Explorer icon and select Pin to start
  • Go back to your start panel (press the Win-key on your keyboard)
  • Now you have your Internet explorer back, but let’s change the name
  • Right-click on the icon and select from the function bar Open file location
  • Now you will see "iexplore", press it to  change the text and type "Internet Explorer" and press Enter
  • Go back to your start panel to see the result

One minute video instruction

Johan van de Merwe
Dedicated to professional software development since 1985. Has worked since 1992 as IT manager in several international operating companies. Since 2007 CEO and Sencha Ext JS web application developer at Enovision GmbH.

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