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Internet Explorer blocked in Office? You Can Still Surf the Web

Many companies disable Internet Explorer or other browsers on their computers to prevent employees from surfing the web (Well, they think employees waste their productive time). They also block users from installing any software. Not just companies, even a virus attack can block internet access by disabling browsers. So what do you do?

It is very frustrating to use a PC with no internet access, but there is a workaround for this. Enter Windows help files. Yes, Windows help files can be used to surf the web. Here's how -

1. Open a Windows application. Open MS Paint.
2. In Paint, press F1 or go to Help >> Help Topics to open the help files for Paint.
3. Right-click on the Title Bar. You'll see 'Jump to URL..' in the menu. Clicking it will open a Jump to URL box. Alternatively, you can also right-click Paint's taskbar to view 'Jump to URL..'.

4. Enter the website address. Here you'll have to enter the full address i.e include http://
For example, [This is Correct]
and not [This is Wrong]

5. Boom! You are surfing the web again.

This workaround won't work if your internet access is blocked by a firewall.
IT admins block this too, but not all of them. Give it a try..

Note: Tested on Windows XP. The browser inside the Help file is IE6 which is embedded inside the help window.

posted by Vijeesh Ravindran, Friday, May 02, 2008


thanks for the tips, but is paint the only program that could do this?
@Kriz cpec - Thanks for your comment.
You can also use help files of Windows calculator and other softwares that have help files in .chm format.
Thanks, I have shared this whole article on my blog, just to let you know. Thanks again.