Microsoft Edge allows you to open web pages in Internet Explorer (IE) mode, which is useful for accessing legacy websites and applications that are optimized for Internet Explorer. This feature is especially beneficial for businesses and organizations that still rely on older web technologies. Here’s how you can set up and use IE mode in Microsoft Edge:
Enabling IE Mode in Microsoft Edge
Before you can use IE mode, you need to enable it in Edge’s settings:
- Open Microsoft Edge and click on the three-dot menu at the top-right corner.
- Navigate to Settings.
- Go to the Default browser section.
- Under the Internet Explorer compatibility section, you will find a setting called Allow sites to be reloaded in Internet Explorer mode. Set this option to Allow.
- You might need to restart Edge for the changes to take effect.
Using IE Mode
Once IE mode is enabled, you can open a page in IE mode:
- Navigate to the website you want to open in IE mode.
- Click on the three-dot menu at the top-right corner of the Edge window.
- Select More tools, and then choose Reload in Internet Explorer mode.
The current tab will refresh, and the webpage will reload using IE mode.
Adding Sites to Always Open in IE Mode
If you frequently access certain websites that require IE mode, you can configure Edge to always open these sites in IE mode:
- In Edge, go to Settings > Default browser.
- Under Internet Explorer compatibility, find the option Internet Explorer mode pages.
- Click on Add to enter URLs of websites that you want to always open in IE mode.
- IE mode is primarily intended for businesses and organizations that need it for compatibility reasons. It’s not recommended for general web browsing due to potential security risks and performance issues associated with older web technologies.
- Microsoft plans to retire Internet Explorer in June 2022, but IE mode in Edge will continue to be supported for a period (Microsoft has announced support at least until 2029 for certain versions of Windows).
- Some advanced IE features might not be fully supported in IE mode.
Using IE mode in Microsoft Edge provides a convenient way to access older web applications that rely on Internet Explorer’s technology without leaving the modern browser environment. Remember to use it judiciously, mainly for compatibility with legacy applications.