How To Sync IE 11 Tabs Across Windows 8.1 PCs and Tablets

Written by Brian Burgess

Better late than never. Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 now allows syncing of tabs across devices. Here’s how to sync IE 11 tabs on Windows 8.1 PCs and tablets. This How To gallery includes an explainer on how to set up Windows 8.1 devices so this works seemlessly. A Brian Burgess How To gallery, original to aNewDomain. — For awhile now, browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari have let you sync tabs among multiple computers and mobile devices. Finally, Internet Explorer has this feature, too. If you have Windows 8.1 and SkyDrive enabled, here’s how to sync IE 11 tabs among devices and PCs, provided they’re all running Windows 8.1.

Microsoft is late to the game with this feature, but if you regularly switch between a Microsoft Windows 8.1 PC and a Surface tablet, you’ll be glad the new feature is there.

According to a Microsoft blogger writing at Microsoft MSDN:

Syncing tabs and user settings in IE11 Preview on Windows 8.1 Preview enable(s) your users to seamlessly view and interact with your site across their devices. IE11 Preview’s new syncing features on Windows 8.1 Preview are designed with device-switching in mind. When a user leaves a device, all open tabs … except for InPrivate Browsing tabs … are synced using Microsoft SkyDrive servers … so they are readily available when the user opens Internet Explorer on another device.”

How To Sync IE 11 Tabs in Windows 8.1. — For tab syncing to work, you need two or more devices that are running Windows 8.1. You also need to be signed in to each of those machines with the same Microsoft account.

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Then you have to enable the feature. To do so, first tap Settings on the Charms bar and then select Change PC settings.

Windows 8.1 Change PC Settings

On the left menu of the PC Settings screen, select SkyDrive.


Look at the right side of the screen you see now. Under Sync, you see Turn on Sync settings on this PC. Do it.


Scroll down. Under Other settings, turn on: My favorites, open tabs, home pages, history and settings.

Other Settings

Do this on each system you own that’s running Windows 8.1. Remember that you need to be signed in with the same Microsoft account for this to work.

How to Use Tab Syncing in IE 11 in Windows 8.1

Using the tab syncing feature in IE 11 in Windows 8.1 is easy.

Once you’ve set up the system as I described above, all you have to do is launch IE 11. Right click anywhere on the page to see all open tabs on your system — and a full list of other Windows 8.1 devices you’ve enabled.

Check out my screen below to see an example of how I’ve checked tabs to sync in IE 11 between my Windows 8.1 laptop and my Microsoft Surface RT laptop.

Tabs on Other system

And that’s how to sync IE 11 tabs among Windows 8.1 computers and devices. For, I’m the How To gallery editorial specialist, Brian Burgess.

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