When I click a link from a Modern UI app, it opens in my default Modern UI browser. How do I force all links, regardless of source, to open in the desktop browser? Ideally, the Modern UI browser would not open at all, except possibly if I manually opened it.

I am currently using Firefox Elm (a Nightly build), but answers for IE10, Chrome, or any other browser that supports both a Modern UI and Desktop interface would be great too.

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    While this has been answered for IE10, it would be great to have an answer addressing Firefox/Chrome.
    – Bob
    Oct 27, 2012 at 12:12

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IE10 has an option in the desktop Internet Options settings dialog under the Programs tab to specify that links and tiles be opened in Desktop Mode:

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(it's disabled here as it's set by Group Policy)

The Group Policy location for these settings is in both User Configuration and Computer Configuration at Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Internet Explorer\Internet Settings:

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  • So, basically, it's browser specific/controlled?
    – Bob
    Oct 27, 2012 at 12:10
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    @Bob: Yes. Read the activation/contextual launching portion of my answer here for details.
    – Karan
    Oct 27, 2012 at 23:49
  • So how would it work when Chrome is the default browser?
    – FiveO
    Nov 5, 2012 at 15:03

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