How to Enable or Disable Reload in Internet Explorer mode in Microsoft Edge

    Microsoft has integrated a special Internet Explorer mode into the new Microsoft’s Chromium-based Edge browser.

    It sounds strange, but you can launch Internet Explorer inside of the new Microsoft Edge browser. The purpose of integrating Internet Explorer in the browser is to deal with site compatibility and other software issues.

    Earlier, the feature wasn’t enabled by default and users have to enable it manually using flags or properties hack. Unfortunately, Microsoft mysteriously removed the feature from the IE Mode from the Edge browser.

    Microsoft Edge is taking a step forward to give users the Internet Explorer Mode that makes their browsing convenient. Starting with Microsoft Edge Canary build 86.0.622.38, the company introduced two new options to manage the IE Mode functionality

    Let Internet Explorer open sites in Microsoft Edge

    When browsing in Internet Explorer you can choose to automatically open sites in Microsoft Edge. The feature is useful when IE tries to render a few websites but fails.

    Allow sites to be reloaded in Internet Explorer mode

    When browsing in Edge, if a site requires Internet Explorer for compatibility, you can choose to reload it in Internet Explorer mode. The same option when enabled adds a new entry called “Refresh Tab in Internet Explorer mode” under More tools in Edge main menu.

    Enable and Disable Internet Explorer mode in Microsoft Edge (IE Mode)

    Now that Microsoft has said farewell to Internet Explorer, this is going to be one of the most useful features for users who want to keep using Internet Explorer, then here’s how you can use Internet Explorer mode in Edge

    Open Microsoft Edge browser and then click () icon available on the top right and select ‘Settings‘.

    On the left menu, you switch to the ‘Default browser‘. Click on it. You can directly visit edge://settings/defaultBrowser.

    Allow sites to be reloaded in Internet Explorer mode in edge browser

    Now toggle the option that is beside ‘Allow sites to be reloaded in Internet Explorer mode‘. (if it turns blue, its ON).

    You need to click on the Restart button to apply the changes. At this point, you have successfully enabled the Internet Explorer Mode in Edge

    Now, navigate to a website that requires Internet Explorer for compatibility and then open Edge main menu by pressing ALT+F, and then select More tools > Refresh tab in Internet Explorer Mode.

    refresh in internet explorer mode in edge browser.

    The page will refresh and load the same page in IE Mode to provide Internet Explorer compatibility. Check the following screenshot for an idea:

    Open site in Internet Explorer within Edge browser

    Once the page reloads in an Internet Explorer mode, you will see a bar with a message which reads “You’ve entered Internet Explorer mode. Most Page works better with Edge“. You will also find the IE icon in the information box on the left side of the address bar.

    To leave the IE Mode in Edge, click on the Leave button and it will again load the page in the Edge browser.

    Exit tab from Internet Explorer mode in Microsoft Edge

    In case, you have clicked the (x) button and the bar is gone, then press ALT + F4 to open the Edge menu and select More tools > Exit tab from Internet Explorer mode.

    Show or Hide Internet Explorer Mode button in Microsoft Edge

    Apart from that, you can also add the Internet Explorer mode button in the toolbar of the Edge browser. With the help of this button, users can quickly refresh the website in Internet Explorer mode and exit the website from Internet Explorer mode. Here’s how you can do that:

    Note – The functionality is only available in Edge Canary build 92.0.900.0 or above.

    Launch Microsoft Edge, then click () and select Settings.

    Switch to Appearance and then on the right side head over to Customize toolbar section. Here, you will find a new option i.e. Show Internet Explorer mode button.

    Show internet explorer mode button to edge toolbar

    Move the slide for same option to ON position.

    Doing this will add the Internet Explorer Mode button in the Edge toolbar. Now when you’re on the website that you want to load in Internet Explorer, click the same button.

    Reload Tab in internet explorer mode button in edge toolbar

    Once you done with the work, then click on same button again, to exit the same tab from Internet explorer mode.

    Exit tab from internet explorer mode button in edge toolbar

    That’s all about this blog post. In case, Microsoft improve or add new options to improve this feature, then we will update this article.

    Check out YouTube video:

    What are your thoughts about Microsoft adding these two options to improve Internet Explorer compatibility in the Edge browser?

    Viney Dhiman
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    1. when I click on ‘default browser’, all I get is a message that says: “Microsoft Edge is already your default browser”

      There are no other options, as the above screen print show.

      • @Danial, I just folled yo uhere from the ghacks website.
        Yeah, I dunno which registry key fixes it, but appears to be blocked by default for managed(by your organization) browsers.

    2. With “Let Internet Explorer open sites in Microsoft Edge”, how does it detect whether it’s failed or not to open in MS Edge? What is considered a fail?

      I’m trying to deprecate support of IE11 on a website, knowing what is considered a fail would be super helpful.


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