Change settings for Internet Explorer

There are many changes you can make to customize your browsing experience in Internet Explorer. You can change several common settings—home pages, browsing history, and zoom level, to name a few—while using Internet Explorer opened from the Start screen. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Settings.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Settings.)
Then tap or click Options.

There are many more settings and ways to customize your browser in the Internet Options dialog box. To view all settings and options, open Internet Explorer in the desktop, tap or click the Tools button Tools button, and then tap or click Internet options.


  • When you change settings for Internet Explorer opened from Start, those changes also affect Internet Explorer in the desktop.

Reset Internet Explorer settings

You can reset Internet Explorer settings to return them to the state they were in when Internet Explorer was first installed on your PC. This can be useful for troubleshooting problems that might be caused by settings changed after installation. Resetting Internet Explorer isn't reversible, and all previous settings are lost after reset.

To reset Internet Explorer settings

  1. Close all Internet Explorer windows that are currently open.

  2. Open the desktop, and then tap or click the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar. Changing your settings will affect both Internet Explorer and Internet Explorer for the desktop.

  3. Tap or click the Tools button Tools, and then tap or click Internet options.
  4. Tap or Click the Advanced tab, and then tap or click Reset.

  5. In the Reset Internet Explorer Settings dialog box, tap or click Reset.

  6. When Internet Explorer finishes applying default settings, tap or click Close, and then tap or click OK. You'll need to restart your PC for these changes to take effect.

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