Tag Archives: Internet Explorer

How to create a shortcut to a website using Internet Explorer – KB10391484


This will be useful in cases where the client needs to use Internet Explorer to run a web app but normally uses a different browser.

To get this going first you need to create a IE shortcut on the desktop.

(obviously there are other ways to get the shortcut but this is the foolproof way if you can’t find it or are having trouble with getting one)

1. Run IE

2. Open task manager and find the IE process

3. right click on it and select ‘open file location



4. From there you will get an explorer window that pops up



5. Right click on iexplore.exe , got Send to and select Send to Desktop

6. Go to the desktop, right click on the IE shortcut and select Properties


7. You will get a window like this. Copy the Target path to a notepad


8. Append the Target path with the website address. Be sure to put a space between the Target and website. Also the website needs double quotes around it. Copy / paste it into the Target box of the shortcut


“C:Program FilesInternet Exploreriexplore.exe” “http://www.domain-name.com”

9. Hit OK then click on the Shortcut and it should open the site. At this point you can also rename or change the shortcuts icon.


Internet Explorer can’t install a .cab file – KB1039940


Description:  Internet Explorer can’t install a .cab file

Common customer description:

I can’t get (something) to display in Internet Explorer.
It keeps telling me I can’t install *.cab file when going to this website.

Probing questions:

Did it work before?
Was anything updated?
Did Java update or Internet Explorer?
Is this a new or different PC?

Steps to isolate: If the website pulls up, and it is only a certain portion that doesn’t display, double check the site is in Trusted Sites and has proper ActiveX permissions.  If these conditions are met move on to the next part.

Steps to resolve: Workstations that have strict domain policies can actually block ActiveX components from being installed.  These files are normally kept C:WindowsDownloaded Program Files.  To get around this just log onto the computer as a Local Admin.  This will provide the needed permissions to allow Internet Explorer to install the *.cab file there.

Additional considerations: The *.cab file that gets installed will be installed for all users of the computer.  Double check everything works after the ActiveX component is installed on both the Local Admin account and the users Domain account.