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Use the Desktop Browser on Your Surface

By Andy Rathbone

Not all sites display properly in the Start screen’s minimalist, finger-friendly browser on your Surface. Some sites don’t show everything, for example; other sites format the page as if you were browsing from a smartphone. Still others protest with cryptic error messages that leave you with frustration rather than solutions.

Instead of giving up and moving on to another site, try routing the site to the desktop’s more powerful browser, which specializes in coddling cranky websites.

To route a misbehaving site to the desktop’s web browser, follow these steps:

  1. Swipe your finger up from the screen’s bottom to fetch the browser menu.

  2. From the browser’s bottom menu, tap the Settings icon.


    It’s a little wrench with a plus sign, shown in the margin.

  3. Choose View in the Desktop.

    The Desktop app appears, Internet Explorer in tow. Internet Explorer’s savvier tools usually help the site display its wares to its fullest capacity.

If the Settings icon’s pop-up menu offers the option Get App for this Site, tap that instead. That takes you to the Windows Store, where you can download an app that accesses the site, translating it into a more finger-friendly experience. (After you download the app, the Get App for this Site option disappears.)