How to Run IE on Computer Start-up in Kiosk Mode

Updated July 19, 2017

One of the less often used features of Internet Explorer is its special Kiosk Mode. In Kiosk Mode, the title, toolbars and status bar are not displayed. Kiosk Mode is usually used on public computers that are only to be used to access a specific website. In such cases, you may even want Internet Explorer to start in Kiosk Mode automatically with Windows when the computer is turned on. This can be done using a special shortcut to Internet Explorer and the Windows start-up folder.

Right-click an empty space on the desktop, select "New" and then "Shortcut."

In the location box type the following, including the quotation marks:

"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" -k targeturlhere

Replace the "targeturlhere" with whatever Web address you want Internet Explorer to open.

Click "Next" and then "Finish."

Right-click the shortcut and click "Cut."

Right-click the "Start" button and then select "Explore."

Navigate to the "Startup" sub-folder of the "Programs" folder. Right-click a blank space and then select "Paste."


To close the Internet Explorer window while in Kiosk Mode, press "Ctrl" and "W."

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Darren Johannsen has been writing computer-related articles since 2006. He has contributed to various websites, including the Slashdot blog. He holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from the University of Idaho.