This tutorial will take you through some key features of IE 10 connected with Windows 8 CP like change the default browser from IE 10 to any other, IE 10 AppContainer and a complete IE 10 keyboard shortcuts list. So lets begin with the option to change default browser in Windows 8 Consumer Preview.
Change Default Browser in Windows 8 from IE 10 to Chrome, Firefox, Opera or Any Other Browser
I know many of you may have problem with setting Chrome or Firefox as your default browser in Windows 8. You may have set it as your default browser but still not functioning right? I have a solution for you.
Internet Explorer 10 (IE 10) is the default browser in Windows 8. I have been using Windows 8 for the last four weeks and now I’m familiar with IE 10 that Microsoft released for the Pro users. If you are using Windows 8 you may have probably used either the desktop version or the metro version of IE 10 already. Because there is no other option left with you other than using IE 10 when you want to open an external link. Because in Windows 8 IE 10 is set as the default browser and all the external links are set to open in it. It is probably difficult to change the default browser in Windows 8 Consumer Preview. But if you are very much particular, then you can do it.
In Windows 8 I have installed Google Chrome. During the installation of Chrome when Chrome showed me an option whether I want to set it as my default browser, I opted not. After installation of Google Chrome in Windows 8 the first thing I have done was syncing all of my Chrome bookmarks and web apps from my already installed Google Chrome in Windows 7 to Chrome in Windows 8. I have used the Google Chrome Sign in feature for this purpose.
It took only few minutes for Chrome to sync all my available information from my Google Chrome installation in Windows 7. Then I decided to set Chrome as my default browser from the Chrome Wrench Menu (Spanner Icon)->Settings. But to my surprise there I could see that Chrome is already my default browser when it is not so in real case. I tried to open an external link (Google Talk) to check, but it opened in IE 10!
Now the solution is to change the default browser from IE 10 to Chrome or any other browser in Windows 8 is to set it from the Windows 8 Control Panel. In Windows 8 it is pretty easy to access the control panel settings. Just search on the brand new Charms Bar (Win + C) for “Default Programs”. It will bring the Windows 8 “Default Programs” icon in front of you in a flash. Click on the icon to open the Default Programs window. Then click on “Set your default programs”. Your all installed browsers will be there in the default programs list (if you can’t find your browser in the list, don’t worry the solution follows). Click on the browser name that you want to set as the default browser in Windows 8 to open your external links. Then click on “Set this program as default”.
Here also there is something Microsoft kept to surprise you. Some of you may complain that you have installed Chrome, Firefox or any other browser in Windows 8 but not appear in Default Programs list. So take care the below things during installation of your browsers in Windows 8.
During the installation of Google Chrome or any other browser in Windows 8, when prompt to set it as the default browser opt it. It will not make it as your default browser. But then only you can set it as your ‘real’ default browser from Control Panel->Default Programs.
I have Installed Firefox and Chrome in Windows 8. But in the below screenshot you can see that Firefox is there in the Default Programs list but not Chrome. The reason obviously I’ve selected Firefox as my default browser during installation but not Chrome.
How to Enable Enhanced Protect Mode in IE 10 Desktop to Run Tabs in AppContainer [Security Features of IE 10]
IE 10 offers tight security against different threats originating online. There is a SmartScreen filter in IE 10 (in earlier versions too) that protects users from malicious downloads. It is one of the best weapon against socially engineered tricks to trick a user to download malicious files. HTML 5 Sand Box is another notable feature Microsoft brings in IE 10. This Enhanced Protect mode in IE 10 helps you to protect your personal information by restricting IE 10 access locations in your computer containing your personal information. When this feature is enabled tabs in IE 10 desktop runs in AppContainer which is the default settings for IE 10 metro. This helps prevent exploit code from accessing your personal information without your permission. You can enable this settings for your IE 10 desktop too from your IE 10 desktop settings . Tools (Alt+X)->Internet Options->Programs->Enable Enhanced Protect Mode. Take care! It will disable incompatible add ons from the IE 10.
IE 10 Complete Keyboard Shortcuts
Recently I’ve covered a full list of Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts. If you have not checked it so far you can find it below.
Now here I’m introducing you a full list of Internet Explorer 10 (IE 10) keyboard shortcuts. Hope it will be very useful for you.
Ctrl + Tab or click an empty area -> Tab – Cycle through open Tabs
Ctrl + Shift + P or Right-click an empty area -> 3 dots -> InPrivate - Open an InPrivate Tab
Ctrl + T or Right-click an empty area -> ( + ) - Open a new Tab
Ctrl + F4 or Right-click an empty area -> Tab (x) - Close the active Tab
Tab – Move forward through items on a Web Page.
Shift + Tab – Move backwards.
Enter – Activate the selected item
Ctrl + P – Print page.
Right-click an empty area -> Page tools (spanner icon) -> View on the Desktop - View page on Desktop IE (good for opening pages with Adobe Flash).
Ctrl + L / Alt + D – Open Address bar (includes frequent and pinned pages).
Backspace or Move mouse to mid-left edge -> Click back - Go back to previous Web Page
Shift + Backspace or Move mouse to mid-right edge -> Click forward – Go forward to previous Web page.
That is all for now. See you all again with another useful tutorial.