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Enable and Use IE Mode in Microsoft Edge on Windows

Do you need to enable Internet Explorer compatibility in Microsoft Edge on Windows? Learn how to switch and use IE Mode to load sites on your browser.

Internet Explorer (IE) compatibility mode is available on Microsoft Edge, running on Windows OS only. IE mode supports the old sites built to run only on the Internet Explorer environment within the Edge browser.

We can visit the IE compatibility section under Default browser settings to configure the IE mode according to our needs.

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

In this guide, we have shared the steps to enable and use Internet Explorer Mode in Microsoft Edge on a Windows PC.

What is IE Mode in Microsoft Edge?

The Internet Explorer Mode, IE Mode, is the 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 any website or intranet depends on Internet Explorer, you could consider enabling this mode inside the Edge build. It 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.

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Note: The IE mode is only available on the Edge browser running on Windows machines. You won’t find the option in Mac or any other browser.

Enabling the IE Mode in Microsoft Edge on a Computer

  1. Launch the Microsoft Edge on your PC.
  2. Click on the More horizontal 3-dots icon menu and choose the Settings from the list.
  3. Switch to the Default Browser section from the left menu pane.
  4. 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, it will have enabled the IE Mode option.

Using the Internet Explorer on Compatibility Mode in Edge browser

Now that we have enable the Internet Explorer mode in the Edge browser. We can use this mode to load for site from the menu options. Here are the steps:

  1. Launch the Microsoft Edge on Windows PC.
  2. Visit the site that you want to open in IE mode.
  3. Click on the More horizontal 3-dots icon menu and 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 Internet Explorer icon displayed at the left of the address bar and the notification bar appearing just below it.

Verify IE Mode is enabled on Microsoft Edge Windows

Loading All Sites in Internet Explorer Mode in Edge on the Computer

By default, only the incompatible sites would open with Internet Explorer mode; 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 IE Mode, you can quickly force it.

  1. Launch the Edge browser on the computer.
  2. Visit the Default Browser setting page at the below address.
    edge://settings/defaultBrowser
  3. Under the Internet Explorer compatibility section, lookup for Let Internet Explorer open sites in the Microsoft Edge option.
    Let Internet Explorer open sites in Microsoft Edge set to Always
  4. 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.

Exiting Internet Explorer (IE) Mode from Edge browser

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, you should disable it. Here are the steps:

  1. Launch the Microsoft Edge on your PC.
  2. Click on the More horizontal 3-dots icon menu and choose the Settings from the list.
  3. Switch to the Default Browser section from the left menu pane.
  4. Disable the toggle switch for Allow sites to be reloaded in Internet Explorer mode option.
    Disable Sites to be Reloaded in Internet Explorer Mode toggle
  5. Hit the Restart button for the changes to occur.

It will completely disable the Internet Explorer compatibility mode option.

However, if you wish to temporarily load the site in normal mode instead of IE mode, you can click on the Leave command appearing below the address bar.

Leave Internet Explorer compatibility mode on Edge

Bottom Line

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

Another perk of this feature is its ability to support intranet services that might be still using the old infrastructure which definitely needs a upgrade.

If you’re website administrator, then it’s recommended to switch the sites to use the latest web technology leaving the old IE compatibility elements.

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Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza

Kushal Azza is a Google Certified IT Professional, Digital Content Creator, and Go-To Digital Marketer with Engineering Degree. He has over a decade of experience solving tech problems, troubleshooting, and innovating digital solutions. Follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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