How To Use Internet Explorer On Windows 11

Internet Explorer, the legacy browser of Microsoft is not available on the all-new Windows Operating System. But if you are a tech-savvy person, then you probably can download the installation file of the IE browser and install it on your Windows 11. Unfortunately, it won’t work and even if you manage to complete the installation process, the IE app will be nowhere to be found on your Windows 11. The only option left, to run Internet Explorer in Windows 11 is through the IE mode in Microsoft Edge.

How To Use Internet Explorer On Windows 11

After you have read this article you will be able to:

How to Enable Internet Explorer Mode on Microsoft Edge?

Now that it is clear that you won’t be able to use Internet Explorer as a standalone on your Windows 11, let us explore the steps to enable the IE mode in Microsoft Edge.

Step 1: Launch the Microsoft Edge app on Windows 11 and then click on the three horizontal dots (Ellipsis-like symbol) in the top right corner.

horizontal dots

Step 2: From the dropdown menu, click on the Settings option.


Step 3: The Settings tab will now open where you will have to click on the Default Browser option from the left panel.

Default Browser

Step 4: Notice the change in the right panel of the Settings tab where you will be able to see a few options under the Internet Explorer Compatibility section.

Step 5: Locate Allow sites to be reloaded in Internet Explorer mode and click on the dropdown menu and choose Allow.

dropdown menu

Step 6: Click on the Restart button that appears after you make the changes listed in the previous step.

Restart button

You may now use Microsoft Edge to reload a page in Internet Explorer mode anytime a site requires it.

How to Always Open a Website with IE Mode On Edge?

If for any reason you wish to open a website in IE mode, then you can add that website in the Microsoft Internet Compatibility settings by following these steps:

Step 1: On Windows 11, open the Microsoft Edge software and click the three horizontal dots in the top right corner.

Microsoft Edge software

Step 2: Select the Settings option from the dropdown menu.

Step 3: The Settings tab will now open, and from the left panel, select the Default Browser option.

Default Browser option.

Step 4: Click on the Add button next to Internet Explorer Mode Pages under Internet Explorer Compatibility options.

Internet Explorer Mode Pages

Step 5: Copy/Paste or type the web page address in the Add a Page prompt box and then click on Add button.

Step 6: When you access this website the next time, click on the three dots on the top-right corner and you will get a new option labeled as Reload in Internet Explorer mode.


Note: The website will now reload in IE Mode. This option will only be available for websites that have been added in Step 5.

Step 7: When you switch a website from its normal mode to IE mode, you will get a prompt on the top allowing you to switch to normal mode. Click on the Leave button to exit IE Mode.

IE mode

Step 8: If you want to permanently disable the IE mode for a particular website, then you will have to follow the above-mentioned steps to add the website and then click on the Trash Bin icon next to the already added website to ensure that it does not open in IE Mode.

How To Allow Internet Explorer Open Sites In Microsoft Edge?

Step 1: Open Microsoft Edge on Windows 11 and click the three horizontal dots in the top right corner.

Microsoft Edge on Windows 11

Step 2: From the dropdown menu, select the Settings option.

Settings option

Step 3: Go to the Settings tab and select the Default Browser option from the left side.

Step 4: Select the chosen option from the Let Internet Explorer open sites in Microsoft Edge drop-down box under the Internet Explorer compatibility section:

Never — When loading a website, Internet Explorer will never transition to Edge.

Incompatible websites only —  All websites will load in Internet Explorer but those designed for a modern browser will load in Microsoft Edge.

Always — When loading websites, Internet Explorer will always transition to Edge.

Websites will now open in Microsoft Edge based on your preferences. Users on Windows who need Internet Explorer for legacy web applications can utilize the Microsoft Edge IE Mode capability, which opens a webpage in a legacy rendering engine and allows it to function properly.

Microsoft Edge IE Mode

The Final Word on How To Use Internet Explorer On Windows 11?

The major goal of IE Mode is to make it easier for consumers and companies to utilize a single browser, and Edge is currently the only browser that has built-in support for older sites and apps. Many of Internet Explorer’s features, such as all document and enterprise modes, ActiveX controls, Browser Helper Objects, Internet Explorer settings, and the F12 development tools for IE, will still be supported by IE Mode. Considering this, as well as the fact that Edge has more functionality on its own, the browser and its IE Mode can be considered superior to Internet Explorer.

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