How to Enable and Use IE Mode in Microsoft Edge?

Learn how to enable the IE Mode, i.e. Internet Explorer compatibility mode in Microsoft Edge on Windows. This mode will help in running the IE required sites.

Microsoft has already bid adieu to its old Internet Explorer in favor of the newer Edge browser. And while Edge itself comes with two different builds – the legacy and Chromium, it’s the latter one that managed to take away all the limelight, and rightly so.

Based on the open-source Chromium engine, it offers you all the goodies that the Chrome browser has in store. However, there are still a few old sites that aren’t able to adapt to the new environment.

As a result, users aren’t able to access some of the yesteryear sites on this newer Chromium browser. Apart from that, some enterprise and professional workspace have their internal sites as well as intranet based on the old infrastructure.

Due to these reasons, users are compelled to keep both these browsers onto their PC. However, the latest addition to the Edge browser in the form of IE Mode seems to have finally solved this problem.

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Let’s check out what is this Internet Explorer Mode and how to use it —

Note: The Microsoft Edge has removed the option to enable and use IE Mode after version 90.0. However, you can set the Internet Explorer compatibility settings to Always as mentioned below. This will still support the older IE-based sites.

What is IE Mode for Microsoft Edge?

The Internet Explorer Mode aka IE Mode is the new baked-in functionality inside the Edge browser that allows the older website to run inside the traditional IE infrastructure.

Internet Explorer Mode on Microsoft Edge browser

So if there is any website or intranet that is dependent on Internet Explorer, you could consider enabling this mode inside the Edge Chromium build. This will re-create the same environment for IE-only compatible sites.

In simpler words, consider it as a new Internet Explorer window opened inside the Microsoft Edge browser.

Enable IE Mode in Microsoft Edge

Now that you are aware of the basics of this feature that can help in loading the IE compatibility mode on the Edge browser.

Here are the steps to enable IE Mode in Edge browser:

  1. Launch the Microsoft Edge Browser on your PC.
  2. Click on horizontal 3dots icon menu icon at the top right.
  3. Choose the Settings menu from the list.
  4. Switch to the Default Browser section from the left menu pane.
  5. Enable the Allow sites to be reloaded in Internet Explorer mode toggle.
    Enable Allow Sites to be Reloaded in Internet Explorer Mode toggle

You should now see a Restart button, hit on the button. Once the browser reloads, the IE Mode option would have been enabled.

Use IE Compatibility Mode

We have just enabled the IE compatibility mode option. This option will be now available under the More Tools menu. We now need to launch and reload the website or page in IE Mode.

Here are the steps to load a website in IE mode on Microsoft Edge:

  1. Launch the Microsoft Edge browser on Windows PC.
  2. Click on horizontal 3dots icon menu icon at the top right.
  3. Hover to expand the More Tools menu.
  4. Select the Reload in Internet Explorer mode option.
    Reload web page in IE Mode on Edge Windows

The site will now open inside Internet Explorer. You could easily verify the same via the IE icon displaying at the left of the address bar as well as the notification bar appearing just below it.

Verify IE Mode is enabled on Microsoft Edge Windows

Open All Sites in IE Mode

By default, only the sites incompatible with the latest Chromium build would open inside the Internet Explorer, the rest would continue to use the latest Microsoft Edge.

However, if you wish to take a more aggressive route and force all the sites to use the IE Mode, you can easily force it.

Here are the steps to open all sites in Internet Explorer Mode on Edge browser:

  1. Launch the Edge browser and go to the Default Browser section.
    You may use the below address for the same:

    edge://settings/defaultBrowser
  2. Under the Internet Explorer compatibility section, look up for Let Internet Explorer open sites in Microsoft Edge option.
    Let Internet Explorer open sites in Microsoft Edge set to Always
  3. Change the drop-down option from Incompatible sites only to Always.

Do keep in mind that in doing so, some newer sites might break and not function as expected. If that happens then consider reverting it to its original recommended settings.

Exit Internet Explorer (IE) Mode

Loading the website on compatibility mode introduces the old technology stack under the hood, this may lead to hacking. If you no longer wish to use IE mode functionality and you should consider disabling it.

Here are the steps to disable Internet Explorer or IE Mode on Edge browser:

  1. Launch the Microsoft Edge Browser on your PC.
  2. Click on horizontal 3dots icon menu icon at the top right.
  3. Choose the Settings menu from the list.
  4. Switch to the Default Browser section from the left menu pane.
  5. Disable the toggle for Allow sites to be reloaded in Internet Explorer mode.
    Disable Sites to be Reloaded in Internet Explorer Mode toggle
  6. Hit the Restart button for the changes to take place.

This will completely disable the Internet Explorer compatibility mode option.

However, if you wish to load the site temporarily in normal mode instead of IE mode, then you should consider hitting on the Leave button appearing below the address bar.

Leave Internet Explorer compatibility mode on Edge

Bottom Line: Microsoft Edge Enable IE Mode

So this was all from this guide on how you could enable the Internet Explorer Mode in Microsoft Edge. We have also listed out its associated settings that will help you in fine-tuning this functionality as per the need.

Unfortunately, the Internet Explorer compatibility mode feature is only available on Microsoft Edge running on the Windows OS. We cannot take the benefit if you’re using Macintosh or Linux OS.

Recently I came across a site that still uses the now deprecated Flash Player (rather than HTML 5). As a result, none of the browsers were able to effectively load this page until I came across the IE Mode. The end result was still quite short of optimal usage, but I was still able to carry out the required task with ease.

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Another perk of this feature is its ability to support intranet services that still use the old infrastructure. With that said, what were the reasons for you to try out this IE mode?

Lastly, here are the recommended web browsers for your computer and mobile phone that you should give a try.

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Chrome WindowsChrome MacChrome iOSChrome AndroidFirefox Linux
Firefox WindowsSafari MacSafari iOSEdge AndroidChrome Linux
Edge WindowsFirefox MacEdge iOSSamsung InternetEdge Linux

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4 Responses

  1. lrg says:

    IE was far better then Edge ever will be.

  2. Anonemouse says:

    May 21 2021
    Microsoft Edge
    Version 90.0.818.66 (Official build) (64-bit) – just updated

    This feature now only includes the option for Never or Incompatible sites only.

  3. Amir says:

    Hi

    5.Enable the Allow sites to be reloaded in Internet Explorer mode toggle.

    Did not even have this shown….

  4. Editor says:

    Note: Microsoft Edge has removed the option to enable and use IE Mode after version 90.0. However, you can set the Internet Explorer compatibility settings to Always as mentioned below. This will still support the older IE-based sites.

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