How to enable Internet Explorer mode on Microsoft Edge

After nearly 27 years, Microsoft has finally pulled the plug on Internet Explorer. A move that hasn’t been well received, particularly by enterprise users who have relied on the browser to take advantage of its Internet Explorer mode feature to visit older websites that aren’t supported by more modern browsers.

The company has encouraged users to switch from Internet Explorer to its Microsoft Edge browser and even integrated Internet Explorer mode to make it seamless. Microsoft has stated that it is more secure and runs well with Windows 11.

This feature allows users to access both modern and legacy websites in Edge. It has also created a new way that allows users to continue using apps that only run in IE mode. This eliminates the need for developers to rewrite the apps, which can save them costs.

Also, Edge Chromium Compatibility Mode offers most of Internet Explorer’s features, such as: B. Document modes, security zone policies, Internet Explorer F12 developer tools and more. However, it does not support navigation menu policies, Internet Explorer toolbars, or Edge F12 developer tools.

If you still need IE mode to boost your productivity, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll walk you through the steps to activate it. That’s how it’s done:

How to enable Internet Explorer mode on Microsoft Edge Launch your Microsoft Edge browser and click the ellipsis on the top right of the menu icon. Click Settings and select the Default Browser option. Under the Internet Explorer Compatibility option, go to the Allow websites to be reloaded in Internet Explorer mode section, click Allow and click the Restart button to save the changes.

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At this point, you should now be able to access IE mode in Microsoft Edge. We invite you to read our separate guide to help you change your default browser in Windows 11. It’s worth setting Microsoft Edge as your default browser, especially if you rely on IE mode a lot.

How to launch legacy websites in IE mode on Microsoft Edge Launch Microsoft Edge and click the ellipsis in the top right corner. Select the Reload in Internet Explorer mode option.

Microsoft Edge displays an Internet Explorer logo to the left of the address bar to indicate that the feature has been enabled. You should now be able to open older websites or run apps that depend on IE mode.

Note that only the websites you have configured to use IE mode will take advantage of this feature, the rest will continue to run on Microsoft Edge. Microsoft also has a video detailing how to use the IE mode button in Edge. Check it out below:

Get your groove on Edge with IE mode

Although Microsoft is retiring Internet Explorer, you should be able to visit older websites and use apps that depend on IE mode in Microsoft Edge. The feature is limited to Windows users, which means Mac and Linux users cannot access it.

Microsoft plans to retire this feature in 2029 as most IE-based apps would have reached end of support and switched to current technology supported by modern browsers.

Are you using the IE mode feature in Microsoft Edge? Share your experience with us below.

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