How to Open Website in Internet Explorer Mode in Edge

Here is how you can open a website in Internet Explorer mode in Microsoft Edge.  In June 2022, Microsoft will stop supporting old Internet Explorer 11 in all Windows versions, as the company wants everyone to move to Microsoft Edge built on Chromium. While regular users ditched Internet Explorer long ago in favor of Chrome, Firefox, or the new Edge, businesses and corporate users still rely on the classic browser.


To speed up the transition process from IE to Edge, Microsoft has implemented a special compatibility IE mode. It allows users to open and work with old and incompatible with modern standards pages without switching to the ancient browser.

Internet Explorer mode in Microsoft Edge is on by default for incompatible web pages. The browser can automatically detect pages that work better in Internet Explorer and open the corresponding window when needed. You can also enable the Internet Explorer mode button on the Edge's toolbar or enable the option to force-reload a website in the IE mode.

Open Website in Internet Explorer Mode in Microsoft Edge

To open a website in Internet Explorer mode in Microsoft Edge, do the following:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge and press Alt + F to open the main menu.Microsoft Edge Menu Settings
  2. Select Settings.
  3. In the Settings tab, go to the Default browser section.
  4. Turn on the Allow websites to be reloaded in Internet Explorer mode option.Enable Internet Explorer Mode In Microsoft Edge
  5. Restart the browser.
  6. Right-click on a tab you want to open in IE mode, and select the Refresh tab in Internet Explorer mode option.Open Website In Internet Explorer Mode In Microsoft Edge

You are done! A little IE icon in the address bar will let you know that a website is currently running in the IE 11 compatibility mode.A Website Opened In IE Mode

Alternatively, Microsoft Edge allows you to enable a special IE mode button on the toolbar next to your profile icon.

IE Mode Toolbar Button In Edge

It will let you switch between IE and Edge modes with a single click without opening additional context menus.

Add the IE Mode button to the toolbar in Edge

  1. Open Microsoft Edge and then go to menu > Settings. You can type edge://settings in the URL bar or use any other method.
  2. Go to Appearance and scroll down to the Customize Toolbar section on the right.
  3. Turn on the Show Internet Explorer mode button option.Show Internet Explorer Mode Button

Now, you can open any web page you want to reload in the IE mode and then click the button with an IE logo. Microsoft Edge will automatically switch to Internet Explorer mode. When you finish browsing the Internet using the compatibility mode, click that button again.Exit IE Mode In Edge

Tab running in IE mode will have an Edge logo to help you distinguish a regular tab from a one running in Internet Explorer mode.

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Author: Taras Buria

Taras is here to cover stories about Microsoft and everything around, although sometimes he prefers Apple. You can stay in touch with him on Twitter.

2 thoughts on “How to Open Website in Internet Explorer Mode in Edge”

  1. What if I don’t want edge to be the default browser? I would like to know the “address” for edge that follows C:\Program Files, so that I can force only 1 website to open in edge.
    If you know this information, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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