Need Internet Explorer for an old web app? Microsoft Edge in Windows 11 (Windows 10) can run those legacy sites, thanks to its IE mode.
Time needed: 10 minutes.
How to Get Internet Explorer Mode in Windows 11 or Windows 10
- Open Edge, Go to Settings
To get sites that require IE to work inside Edge in Windows 11, the first step is to open Edge and go to the three-dot menu all the way on the right side of the top menu bar. Choose Settings, which is nearly at the bottom:
- Navigate to Default Browser to Use IE Mode
Now head to the Default Browser section of Edge’s Settings page. Since this section is mostly about making Edge your default browser, it’s not the most obvious place for enabling IE mode, but that’s where you need to go. A helpful panel explains how to get legacy IE sites working in Edge. But what it suggests—setting particular sites to run in IE mode—is not the only option.
- Allow Sites to Reload in IE
You now have two choices for getting sites that require IE to work in Edge. First, you can set Allow sites to be reloaded in Internet Explorer mode to either Default or Allow (the only other option is “Don’t allow” and that clearly isn’t what you want):
- Select How and When Sites Will Load in IE Mode
The Default setting presents an option to open Edge in IE mode if you’ve opened a page in that mode before. (This doesn’t mean that IE mode will be the default; this is just the default setting in Edge.) If you choose Allow, you’ll be able to choose Reload in Internet Explorer mode from the Settings and more menu, or by right-clicking on the tab and then choosing Open link in new Internet Explorer mode tab. If you choose Allow, you need to restart your browser.
Alternatively, you can add specific webpages to the Internet Explorer mode list. Note that you need to include “https://“, not just the address and domain.
- Open Any Pages Requiring IE
Open your old webpage! When you do, you see a notification about the mode with a switch for making the site always use IE mode. You also see a bar across the top of the page saying you’d be better off using the more modern and secure Edge, with a button to switch to it once you’re done browsing the site that requires IE. You’ll also see the good old “e” logo just to the left of the web address bar:
Also note the button showing a web tab with the “e” in the toolbar just to the left of the Share button. It lets you open any site in IE mode, and it shows all the same elements described above.