Enable Internet Explorer Mode in Microsoft Edge

In this article, you’ll learn how to enable Internet Explorer Mode in Microsoft Edge. Some sites are built to work with Internet Explorer and have functionality not supported by modern browsers such as Microsoft Edge. If you need to view one of these sites, you can use Internet Explorer Mode in Microsoft Edge. 

Most sites work better on modern browsers. For better speed and security, we recommend only using Internet Explorer mode when necessary. 

Microsoft continues disinvesting from Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge Legacy towards the new Microsoft Edge. Internet Explorer 11 will be retired on June 15, 2022 in Windows 10.

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Configure Internet Explorer Mode in Microsoft Edge
Enable Internet Explorer Mode in Microsoft Edge

The future of Internet Explorer (“IE”) on Windows 10 is in Microsoft Edge. What does this mean for commercial organizations, IT admins, developers, and end users? Microsoft Edge brings you a faster, more secure, and more modern web experience than Internet Explorer. Also, Microsoft Edge with Internet Explorer mode (“IE mode”), is the only browser with built-in compatibility for legacy IE-based sites and apps.

What is Internet Explorer Mode?

Microsoft Edge has built-in Internet Explorer mode (IE mode) so that you can access legacy Internet Explorer-based websites and applications straight from Microsoft Edge.

IE mode on Microsoft Edge makes it easy to use all of the sites your organization needs in a single browser. It uses the integrated Chromium engine for modern sites, and it uses the Trident MSHTML engine from Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) for legacy sites.

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Prerequisites

  • Windows updates
    • Windows 10, version 1909 – KB5003698 or later
    • Windows 10, version 2004; Windows 10, version 20H2 and Windows 10, version 21H1 – KB5003690 or later
  • Microsoft Edge version 92 (92.0.902.55 or later)

IE mode supports the following Internet Explorer functionality

  • All document modes and enterprise modes
  • ActiveX controls (such as Java or Silverlight). Note: Silverlight reaches end of support on October 12, 2021.
  • Browser Helper Objects
  • Internet Explorer settings and group policies that affect security zone settings and Protected Mode
  • F12 developer tools for IE, when launched with IEChooser
  • Microsoft Edge extensions (Extensions that interact with the IE page content directly are not supported.)

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To turn on Internet Explorer mode, let’s follow the steps –

  • Open Microsoft Edge.
  • Click on the three-dot menu at the top-right corner. From the drop-down menu, select Settings.

Note: To quick access IE Mode, In the address bar for Microsoft Edge, type edge://settings/defaultbrowser and then click Enter. Set Allow sites to be reloaded in Internet Explorer mode from the drop-down menu.

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Click on Settings – Enable Internet Explorer Mode in Microsoft Edge

Click on Default Browsers. On the right pane, Select options Default, Allow, or Don’t allow in the Allow sites to be reloaded in Internet Explorer mode drop menu based on what you want –

  • Default – Microsoft Edge will show you options to Reload in Internet Explorer mode depending on your recent Internet Explorer usage.
  • Allow – You’ll be allowed to reload a page in Internet Explorer mode by selecting Settings and more > Reload in Internet Explorer mode. You can also choose Reload tab in Internet Explorer mode when you right-click on a tab, or choose Open link in the new Internet Explorer mode tab when you right click on a link.
  • Don’t allow – You won’t have the option to Reload in Internet Explorer mode.
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Default Browser – Allow sites to be reloaded in Internet Explorer mode

For this setting changes to take effect, Restart Microsoft Edge.

End Users Experience – IE Mode in Microsoft Edge

Internet Explorer mode is now enabled. To view a website using Internet Explorer mode in Microsoft Edge, use the following steps –

  • Navigate to the website you want to view in Internet Explorer mode.
  • Click on the three-dot menu at the top-right corner. Select Reload in Internet Explorer Mode. If you are on Microsoft Edge version 92 or earlier, select More tools > Reload in Internet Explorer Mode.

On a managed device, you will see the option Reload in Internet Explorer mode Only if your organization has configured the policy to “Allow unconfigured sites to be reloaded in Internet Explorer mode”

Reload in Internet Explorer mode - Configure Internet Explorer Mode in Microsoft Edge
Reload in Internet Explorer mode – Enable Internet Explorer Mode in Microsoft Edge

Users can also select Reload tab in Internet Explorer mode when they right-click on a tab or choose Open link in new Internet Explorer mode tab when they right-click on a link.

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Reload tab in IE mode – Enable Internet Explorer Mode in Microsoft Edge

Important: If you are on a device managed by your organization with the latest Windows updates, you will see the option to Allow sites to be reloaded in Internet Explorer under edge://settings/defaultbrowser but the setting might be greyed out.

When the option is selected, the site reloads in IE mode. The IE mode indicator icon is visible to the left of the address bar and the flyout shows an option that users can toggle to Open the page in Internet Explorer mode next time. This adds the specific page the user is on to the local site list and will automatically open in IE mode for the next 30 days.

Note – The IE logo indicator displays on the left side of navigation bar. You can click the IE logo indicator to display additional information, as shown

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This page is open in IE mode – Enable Internet Explorer Mode in Microsoft Edge

While in IE mode, users will see a banner indicating “You’re in Internet Explorer mode”, the option to Leave IE mode, and pin the IE mode icon by clicking on Show in toolbar) if it isn’t pinned already.

To return to browsing without Internet Explorer mode, you can click Leave on the information bar at the top of the screen, or close your current tab and open a new tab in Microsoft Edge.

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Enable Internet Explorer Mode in Microsoft Edge

The Reload in Internet Explorer mode pinned to the toolbar, allows users to enter and exit IE mode easily and can be managed through the edge://settings/appearance URL.

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Enable Internet Explorer Mode in Microsoft Edge

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About Author -> Jitesh has over 5 years of working experience in the IT Industry. He writes and shares his experiences related to Microsoft device management technologies and IT Infrastructure management. His primary focus area is Windows 10 Deployment solution with Configuration Manager, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), and Microsoft Intune.

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