Internet Explorer 8 has few useful command line arguments that may help you to your web surfing experience better.

(1) Start IE8 with a specific URL

iexplore.exe <URL>


(2) Start IE8 in kiosk mode

Internet Explorer in Kiosk mode, the Internet Explorer title bar, menus, toolbars, and status bar are not displayed and Internet Explorer runs in Full Screen mode.

iexplore.exe -k <URL>

iexplore.exe -k

(3) Start IE8 with InPrivate mode


InPrivate mode helps prevent Internet Explorer from storing data about your browsing session. This includes cookies, temporary Internet files, history, and other data. Toolbars and extensions are disabled by default.

iexplore.exe -private

(4) Start IE with no add-ons


No Add-ons mode allows Internet Explorer to temporarily run without any toolbars, ActiveX controls, or other add-ons. It is very useful when troubleshooting a problem that might be related to an add-on.

iexplore.exe -extoff

You can make the IE shortcuts too with these command line arguments.


Have a happy web experience with Internet Explorer 8!

Applies To:

  • Internet Explorer 8

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