Topic: Set Internet Explorer to open web pages on Windows 10

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Applies to: ScreenReader, SuperNova Magnifier, SuperNova Magnifier & Screen Reader, SuperNova Magnifier & Speech

NB: Please note that product names in this article may have changed since the time of writing.

Description

Windows 10 comes with a new default web browser called Microsoft Edge. Microsoft Edge will eventually replace Internet Explorer in the future. But, at the moment, Microsoft Edge does not render web pages in an accessible form. This means that SuperNova and, at the time of this article’s publication, all other Assistive Technology companies are unable to display content in the browser window in a fully accessible way. Microsoft is working on a framework to provide accessibility to Microsoft Edge in the future.

Solution

Until a solution is available, it is recommended that you use Internet Explorer to browse the Internet. This will ensure you continue to have the same high level of accessibility when you browse web pages.

You can run Internet Explorer by doing the following:

  1. Press the WINDOWS KEY to open the Start Menu.
  2. Type “Int” (without the quotes) in the search box. Windows will search for programs and settings matching your search term. You can further restrict the search results by continuing to type “Internet Explorer” but “Int” is usually adequate.
  3. Use the Arrow Keys to select “Internet Explorer” and press ENTER.

The first time you run Internet Explorer you may receive a setup window. We recommend you choose the default settings.

You can also set Internet Explorer as the default web browser in Windows 10. This means all links to web pages that you activate in mails and documents will open, by default, in Internet Explorer.

To do this:

  1. Press the WINDOWS KEY to open the Start Menu.
  2. Type “Default” (without the quotes) in the search box. Windows will search for programs and settings matching your search term.
  3. Use the Arrow Keys to select “Default Programs” and press ENTER.
  4. TAB to “Set your default programs” and press ENTER.
  5. TAB to the list of available programs and select “Internet Explorer”.
  6. TAB to the “Set this program as default” button and press SPACEBAR.
  7. TAB to the “OK” button and press SPACEBAR.

Once done, all shortcuts to web pages will now open in Internet Explorer. The first time you run Internet Explorer you may receive a setup window. We recommend you choose the default settings.

Once you are up and running you can then browse the web in the usual way and make use of all Internet Explorer options. One option you may want to change is the default home page. You can make this change through the “Tools” (ALT + T) menu, “Internet Options” settings.

For further information on configuring Internet Explorer 11, see Internet Explorer 9 and 11 Essentials.

You may also find adding a shortcut to the desktop an easy way to run Internet Explorer when you want to browse the web.

To do this:

  1. Press the WINDOWS KEY to open the Start Menu.
  2. UP ARROW to “All Apps” button and press SPACEBAR.
  3. DOWN ARROW to the “W” group, select “Windows Accessories folder” and press ENTER.
  4. DOWN ARROW to “Internet Explorer” and press THE application key (OR SHIFT + F10). A context menu opens.
  5. DOWN ARROW to “Open containing folder” and press ENTER. File Explorer opens showing a list of available shortcuts.
  6. DOWN ARROW to “Internet Explorer” and press THE application key (OR SHIFT + F10). A context menu opens.
  7. DOWN ARROW to “Send To” and RIGHT ARROW to open the submenu.
  8. DOWN ARROW to “Desktop (Create shortcut)” and press ENTER.

Windows adds a new Internet Explorer shortcut onto your desktop. You can use this shortcut to run Internet Explorer.

External references:

Windows 10 upgrade considerations for screen reader and magnifier users- A blog post by Rob Sinclair, Microsoft’s Chief Accessibility Officer (03 July 2015).

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