Microsoft Edge's Internet Explorer (IE) mode allows organizations to continue using their existing websites and applications dependent on Internet Explorer even after IE has been discontinued on June 15, 2022.
Enabling IE Mode in Edge
To enable IE 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.
Opening a Website in IE Mode on Edge
Once you have enabled the compatibility or IE mode 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. Then, right-click on the tab and select ‘Reload tab in Internet Explorer mode’ from the menu.
Any website open in compatibility or IE mode will display the Internet Explorer icon at the left of the navigation bar. Also, click ‘Done’ on the menu that appears.
To exit the Internet Explorer mode for a website on Edge, right-click on the tab again and select ‘Exit tab from Internet Explorer mode’.
Always Opening a Website in Compatibility Mode
Once IE mode is activated, you must switch modes each time you visit a website. To avoid this, configure the URL to open automatically in IE mode for the next 30 days.
Whenever you open a website and switch to IE 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).
Microsoft Edge's IE Mode compatibility is a valuable tool for organizations that must continue using websites and applications designed for Internet Explorer. By enabling IE Mode, you can ensure that these websites and applications will continue to work even after IE is discontinued.