Enable the Save Page As an option in IE Mode for Edge Browser

Let’s check how to enable the Save page as an option in IE mode for the Edge browser. The Save Page As is one of the features enabled by default with Internet Explorer. Microsoft retired Internet Explorer standalone browser for most of the operating systems.

The Interner Explorer Mode in the Edge browser is the way for legacy web apps and sites. Once you enable IE mode in the Edge browser, the user will lose the “Save Page As” option from the More Tools menu. This post helps you to enable this option for IE mode websites as well.

There are different methods to enable Save Page As an option for IE mode. I will cover most of the options in this post, such as Registry(?), Local Group Policy, Domain Group Policy, and MEM Intune. These policies are applicable to Windows 10/11 operating system.

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You need to download and configure the Microsoft Edge ADMX template to enable the “Save Page As” feature for IE Mode websites. More Details -> Download Microsoft Edge ADMX Group Policy Templates.

This Save As Page issue with InternetExplorerModeEnableSavePageAs Group Policy when you use IE Mode in Edge is fixed in July 2022 Cumulative Update -> Windows 10 KB5015807 Windows 11 KB5015814 July 2022 Patch Tuesday | 1 Zero-Day Vulnerability

Microsoft Edge Save Page As Option

Users can use the ‘Save page as‘ functionality option to save the current page in the browser. When a user re-opens a saved page, it will be loaded in the default browser.

Let’s check Microsoft Edge “Save Page As” option for normal websites that are not reloaded in Internet Explorer mode. This option is available in the Edge browser Settings menu (… ) -> More Tools -> Save Page As (CTRL + S), as you see in the below screenshot.

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Enable the Save page as an option in IE Mode for Edge Browser 3

Default Save Page As – Experience in Internet Explorer Mode for Edge Browser

Let’s now check the default experience of the “Save Page As” option in the Internet Explorer Mode for the Edge Browser application. Check Edge browser Settings menu (… ) -> More Tools -> Save Page As (CTRL + S) as you see in the below screenshot to confirm Save Page As option is disabled by default.

NOTE! – There is an IE icon on the browser that indicates that the website is loaded in IE mode.

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Enable the Save page as an option in IE Mode for Edge Browser 4

Careful – Legacy Microsoft Edge Group Policies

You need to be careful with the Microsoft Edge Group Policy settings. All the Windows 10/11 devices will have a default set of policies for Microsoft Edge, but those policies are for the legacy Edge browser (NON-Chromium) version.

The support for Microsoft Edge Legacy ended on March 9, 2021. Don’t use these group policies! These would be located at Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components.

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Enable the Save page as an option in IE Mode for Edge Browser 1

How to Enable Save Page As Feature using Group Policy

Let’s check how to enable Save Page As a feature using Group Policy. You must install Microsoft Edge ADMX settings into Windows 10 or Windows 11 devices if you are using Local Policies. I’m assuming that you have already deployed Edge ADMX settings.

  • If you enable this policy, the “Save page as” option will be clickable in “More tools.”
  • If you disable or don’t configure this policy, users can’t select the “Save page as” option in “More tools.”

Note: To make the “Ctrl+S” shortcut work, users must enable the Internet Explorer policy, ‘Enable extended hotkey in Internet Explorer mode.’

In this scenario, we will enable the policy called “Allow Save page as in Internet Explorer mode.” This policy is under the path: Computer Configuration -> Policies -> Administrative Templates -> Microsoft Edge.

  • GP unique name: InternetExplorerModeEnableSavePageAs
  • GP name: Allow Save page as in Internet Explorer mode
  • GP path (Mandatory): Administrative Templates/Microsoft Edge/

For the local policy, you can use GPEDIT.MSC and configure this on Windows 11 devices. If you are configuring and deploying the group policy from the AD Domain, you must use the following steps.

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Enable the Save page as an option in IE Mode for Edge Browser 5

After deploying the MS Edge Group Policy to Windows devices, you need to log off or login back to the Windows 10/11 device to get the policy applied. Another option is to run the following command from Windows Terminal to apply the group policy on the Windows device immediately.

  • gpupdate /force
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Enable the Save page as an option in IE Mode for Edge Browser 7

MEM Intune Policy to Enable the Save page as Feature in IE Mode

Let’s check whether there is any MEM Intune Policy (settings catalog) to Enable the Save page as Feature in IE Mode. I don’t think there is any while writing this post. I believe this is yet to get implemented in Intune Settings Catalog.

I have checked under the Microsoft Edge category and compared it with Edge ADMX policy settings. This particular policy is missing from MEM Intune. The following screenshot will give you more details.

NOTE! – Intune custom policy creation for Edge is difficult using the ADMX injection method. But you can go through Microsoft documentation to test this as a workaround. Don’t look at Edge CSP policies because that was for the LEGACY Edge browser not for the chromium one.

./Device/Vendor/MSFT/Policy/Config/<ADMXIngestName>~Policy~<ADMXNamespace>~<ADMXCategory>/<PolicyName>
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Enable the Save page as an option in IE Mode for Edge Browser 8

Results – Enable the Save page as an option in IE Mode for Edge Browser

Let’s check the end-user experience when you enable the Save page as a feature in IE Mode for Edge Browser. You can also confirm whether the Group Policy is applied from the following registry location on Windows 11 devices.

  • Path (Mandatory): SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Edge
  • Path (Recommended): N/A
  • Value Name: InternetExplorerModeEnableSavePageAs
  • Value Type: REG_DWORD
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Enable the Save page as an option in IE Mode for Edge Browser 6

Resource -> Microsoft Edge Browser Policy Documentation | Microsoft Docs

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Anoop is Microsoft MVP! He is a Solution Architect in enterprise client management with more than 20 years of IT experience (calculation done in 2021). He is a blogger, Speaker, and Local User Group HTMD Community leader. His main focus is on Device Management technologies like SCCM 2012, Current Branch, and Intune. E writes about ConfigMgr, Windows 11, Windows 10, Azure AD, Microsoft Intune, Windows 365, AVD, etc.

5 thoughts on “Enable the Save Page As an option in IE Mode for Edge Browser”

  1. I have installed the msedge.admx template and placed it in policy definitions but the policy Allow Save page as in Internet Explorer mode is not there

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  2. For testing purposes I have created the value manually in my registry user hive and restarted Edge.
    While the menu item is now enabled, nothing happens when I click on it.

    Is there any dependency on the latest Windows update (as this is mentioned in the June 28, 2022—KB5014666 release notes)? I don’t believe so, but right now I have no idea what else could be the reason.

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