Microsoft Edge gets dedicated option to launch site in Internet Explorer Mode

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 21, 2020
Updated • Jul 21, 2020
Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge

Even though Microsoft is pushing its new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge web browser on Windows 10 and other versions of Windows, it is still maintaining classic Edge and the even older Internet Explorer browser.

Main reason for keeping Internet Explorer alive is compatibility, especially in the corporate world.

Edge is without doubt the better choice in most scenarios, but some sites may refuse to load in the new browser; this can be caused by sites using Internet Explorer specific technologies that Microsoft Edge simply does not support.

While it is possible to load these pages and sites in Internet Explorer directly on Windows devices, using Internet Explorer Mode may also be an option as it is more convenient.

The feature displays pages in Microsoft Edge using the Internet Explorer rendering engine.

Microsoft added a new dedicated option to the latest version of Microsoft Edge Canary for Windows to load any site in Internet Explorer Mode in the browser.

Canary is the cutting edge development version of Microsoft Edge. Features land in the version first, and most of them will come to stable versions of the web browser eventually, but some may also be removed from the browser before they have a chance to reach a wider audience.

edge enable Internet Explorer mode

Here is what you need to do to enable the option in Microsoft Edge:

  1. Load edge://settings/defaultBrowser in the web browser's address bar.
  2. Enable "Allow sites to be reloaded in Internet Explorer mode" by toggling the switch.
  3. Restart Microsoft Edge.

The help text provides the following information:

Allow sites to be reloaded in Internet Explorer mode

If this option is on, you can open sites that require Internet Explorer in Microsoft Edge using Internet Explorer mode. To reload the page in Internet Explorer mode, select Settings and more > More tools > Reload in Internet Explorer mode. If this option is off, it won’t appear under More tools.

You may load the site loaded in the active tab of the Microsoft Edge web browser in Internet Explorer mode by selecting Menu > More Tools > Reload in Internet Explorer mode.

edge reload internet explorer

Two things may happen at this stage depending on whether Internet Explorer mode has been used before in Microsoft Edge. If that is not the case, Edge will open the site in a dedicated Internet Explorer window and prompt the user to enable the functionality in Edge by clicking on a button and accepting an UAC prompt.

If Internet Explore mode was used before in Edge, the site will be reloaded using the Internet Explorer rendering engine inside the Microsoft Edge window.

edge internet explorer mode

Edge displays the information in a horizontal stripe underneath the address bar when Internet Explorer mode is used. The stripe includes an option to leave the mode.

Closing Words

Internet Explorer mode or Internet Explorer is not really something that the majority of Home users need anymore as it is unlikely that they will access websites that use IE-only technologies. The same cannot be said for corporate users, as plenty of IE-only Intranet applications and pages are still used actively.

Now You: When was the last time you used Internet Explorer? (via Techdows)

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  1. Claudio said on October 21, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    would like to see an extension ir a more direct way for this… a button right next to the address bar would be much more user friendly… maybe even as an option when using enterprise mode site list… so that defualt i will not use ie mode but show the option button instead…. sometimes just a few users need some aditional features that are just available in ie using some plugins!

  2. Anonymous said on September 3, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    Is anyone found a solution ?

    1. CJWinty said on September 8, 2020 at 6:06 pm

      This is now handled by local policies.

      Followed this and successfully set up IE mode in Edge

      1. CJWinty said on September 8, 2020 at 6:07 pm
  3. Danial said on August 6, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    Not sure why, but mine is grayed out and it doesn’t let me change it at all.

    1. Anonymous said on September 3, 2020 at 11:18 pm

      anyone found a solution why is that grayed out and how to enable it?

    2. Anonymous said on September 2, 2020 at 7:41 am

      Same problem here, grayed out. No, it’s not because of “managed by your organization”. I’ve cleaned up the policy from registry, it still grayed out. Anyone knows how to flip this?

    3. Dave said on August 22, 2020 at 12:19 am

      Mine is also grayed out. Tried the Canary build of edge. Same issue with that as well.

      1. KS said on August 26, 2020 at 3:29 pm

        Yeah, I dunno which registry key fixes it, but appears to be blocked by default for managed(by your organization) browsers.

    4. Anonymous said on August 17, 2020 at 5:28 pm

      I have the same problem. Were you able to solve it?

      1. Carlos said on August 18, 2020 at 2:28 pm

        I have the same problem too

  4. owl said on July 21, 2020 at 3:53 pm

    Even as technology is updated (changed), many end users are conservative.
    Above all, those that are expensive and require retraining or restructuring are often rejected.

    Ironically, Microsoft, which dominated the OS market, is shackled by its cored “Internet Explorer.”
    What is serious are the corporate market where large-scale systems are built, and the huge “cost” is the bottleneck, and system updates are not progressing.
    In Japan, public service systems such as national and local governments and medical institutions still use Windows 7, and when using the service need “IE” and “Flash”. The same is true for financial institutions and large corporations.
    Global expansion of the new coronavirus infectious disease (COVID-19) is deteriorating corporate profits, and we cannot afford to budget for the issue of “vulnerability countermeasures and system updates”.
    To abolish the “Flash” and “IE” is not an easy thing.

    1. Anonymous said on July 21, 2020 at 4:47 pm

      MS is certainly part of the problem. Apple for example aggressively pushes for technological innovation in their ecosystem.

      MS could do the same, but they don’t want to. Because it’s a lot of work. And MS has a monopoly in certain areas where it doesn’t matter if they innovate.

      1. Allwynd01 said on July 22, 2020 at 8:00 am


        That’s weird, why are then Apple still using WebKit and not Blink? Why on iOS all browsers must use WebKit underneath with their own shell on top pretending to actually be different browsers?

        iOS doesn’t have a single web browser that can adequately and thoroughly block advertisements and pop-ups around the web, Android on the other hand has a couple of browsers – Firefox can install virtually all of its extensions except for some very obscure ones that can’t be installed on mobile, Kiwi browser, Yandex, can install Chrome extensions, in the future Samsung Internet and maybe Brave will be able to do that too so the list of option greatly expands.

        All I’ve seen on iOS is Brave’s default content-blocking capabilities, which are sub-par and definitely not enough, what’s worse on iOS, you can’t set a browser different from Safari as your default one which sucks major monkey balls.

        I don’t know anything revolutionary going on at Apple and most people outside of the Apple ecosystem wouldn’t even know or care what happens in that crippled, overpriced ecosystem.

      2. Anonymous said on July 22, 2020 at 1:57 pm


        I didn’t talk about this kind of innovation. I talk about the technological backend, like Apple pushing for the elimination of Flash for years.

        But you can use Adguard which includes a DNS filter, combined with the privacy-friendly webkit technology there’s really nothing better for mobile phones.

      3. Iron Heart said on July 22, 2020 at 8:59 am


        There are capable blockers on iOS, e.g. 1Blocker X and Wipr, or something like AdGuard Pro, which can be used with Safari.

        On iOS, I would just stick to Safari (as you say, all browsers on iOS are really just Safari skins), enable its native tracking protection, and run some adblocker like the ones mentioned above with it (one needs to enable the chosen content blocker in the Settings app –> Safari settings).

        PS: You forgot to mention the one of the very best Android browsers: Bromite.

  5. ULBoom said on July 21, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    Not sure whether the Edge mentioned here is Old Edge or Chredge. Chredge can be uninstalled cleanly; the other two can’t.

    Haven’t used IE in almost two decades. Also have never worked anywhere where you couldn’t use whatever browser you wanted, tiny companies or giants.

    The only IE related block I’ve encountered was installing Pinnacle Studio, an excellent vid editor but poorly constructed with layers of deprecated versions remaining today. Its installer relied on one of the settings I usually disable in Internet Options. Flip the switch and Pinnacle installed.

    I guess some users do have significant issues without IE available. Seems IE may be part of old Edge, both are entwined in the OS and complete removal can cause functionality issues. Is the real reason Edge/IE is just another knot MS can’t untie? (see Pinnacle Studio above)

    Now with three browsers, Windows is sooooo powerful? No, even more confusing than ever. A duck is a rabbit designed by a committee?

    1. ilev said on July 21, 2020 at 7:16 pm

      Obviously its Chredge feature.

  6. Anonymous said on July 21, 2020 at 9:38 am

    @Martin: Do you know whether this mode will be designed to fully replace IE in corporate and government environments?

    That would certainly be the biggest step forward for eliminating IE, and making the new Edge the default in all possible circumstances, replacing both IE and the old Edge.

    1. Yuliya said on July 21, 2020 at 1:42 pm

      More like a step to facilitate access to Trident via Edge’s UI. IE/Trident won’t go away as it is necessary to render UI elements of Windows itself, and many programs rely on them, including many VPN clients’ UI.

    2. Iron Heart said on July 21, 2020 at 11:14 am

      Not even MS wants to drag around IE forever, so yeah, this is clearly meant to steer companies away from IE at last.

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