How to Use Compatibility Mode in Microsoft Edge

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Open legacy websites without Internet Explorer with compatibility mode in Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft plans to discontinue Internet Explorer on June 15, 2022, and this has put a lot of organizations that relied on it in a pickle. Thus, the ‘Compatibility’ or ‘IE’ mode was introduced in Microsoft Edge to ease the pressure off of organizations that need backward compatibility for their current websites and backend systems.

With the introduction of compatibility mode, they need not access multiple browsers and can simply rely on Edge. Also, this negates the need for immediate redesigning of the website.

Enable Compatibility (IE) Mode in Edge

To enable Compatibility mode in Edge, click on the ‘Settings and more’ icon near the top-right corner or press ALT + F, to launch the menu.

Next, select ‘Settings’ from the list of options in Edge menu.

You will now find several tabs listed on the left, select ‘Default browser’.

Now under ‘Internet Explorer compatibility’, click on the drop-down menu next to ‘Allow sites to be reloaded in Internet Explorer mode’, and select ‘Allow’.

You will need to restart the browser for the change to take effect. To do that, click on the ‘Restart’ option that appears.

Compatibility or IE mode is now enabled on your browser.

Open a Website in Compatibility Mode on Edge

Once you have enabled the compatibility or IEmode on Edge in settings, you can easily open a website in this mode.

To open a website in Compatibility or IE mode on Edge, first, open it as you normally do. Now, right-click on the tab and select ‘Reload tab in Internet Explorer mode’ from the menu.

Any website open in the compatibility or IE mode will have the Internet Explorer icon displayed at the left of the navigation bar. Also, click ‘Done’ on the menu that appears.

To exit the compatibility or IE mode for a website on Edge, again right-click on the tab, and select ‘Exit tab from Internet Explorer mode’.

Always Open a Website in Compatibility Mode

After enabling the compatibility mode, every time you open a website, you have to switch the mode. You can negate the need for this by configuring the URL to open in compatibility mode for the next 30 days.

Whenever you open a website and switch to compatibility mode, a menu pops up mentioning the same. Just enable the toggle for ‘Open this page in Internet Explorer mode next time’ and click on ‘Done’ to save the changes.

You can verify the list of websites or URLs that have been configured to open in IE mode under the ‘Internet Explorer mode pages’ section in the ‘Default Browser’ settings. It mentions both the dates, when the website was added to the list and the date on which it would automatically be removed (on completion of the 30 day period).


You can now easily open and access websites compatible only with Internet Explorer on Microsoft Edge. With people looking to make the transition from Internet Explorer, the compatibility mode on Edge will surely come in handy.