How to move the address bar to the bottom in Internet Explorer

One of the features of Microsoft’s Windows 8 was an ‘immersive’, app-like version of its browser Internet Explorer, which made quite a few changes. A major example of these changes was the decision to move the address bar from its traditional place at the top of the screen to the bottom. However, many people have trouble with enabling this version of Internet Explorer. If you have a particular hankering for a lower-than-usual address bar, here’s our guide on how to move the address bar to the bottom in Internet Explorer.

For more browser hints and how-tos, read our round-up of 21 billiant tricks to search Google faster, or our article on how to set Google as your homepage in Firefox, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome.

How to move the address bar to the bottom in Internet Explorer: Step One

Open Internet Explorer. Chances are it will open on the traditional Windows desktop. That's no problem. Open the settings menu (the cog to the top-right) and click on the ‘Internet Options’ heading.

How to move the address bar to the bottom in Internet Explorer

Navigate to the programs tab, and under the ‘Opening Internet Explorer’ heading, click ‘Make Internet Explorer the default browser’.

How to move the address bar to the bottom in Internet Explorer: Step Two

This will open a Control Panel window. Select Internet Explorer from the programs list, and select ‘Set this program as default’.

How to move the address bar to the bottom in Internet Explorer

Click OK on both settings windows, and close Internet Explorer.

How to move the address bar to the bottom in Internet Explorer: Step Three

Reopen Internet Explorer from its Start screen tile, and you should be faced with the ‘immersive’ version of Explorer, complete with a bottom-located address bar.

How to move the address bar to the bottom in Internet Explorer