How to open a webpage in Internet Explorer mode using Edge (2022)

Internet Explorer had a good run, but in June 2022 its latest and last version (11) will no longer be supported. Instead of IE, users are encouraged to use Microsoft Edge. Personally, I love Microsoft Edge. I benefit from using vertical tabs, multiple profiles, and various other features on a regular basis. Plus, the performance has been much better than my experience with IE, waiting for pages to load (or for the browser to stop responding).

Luckily, those of you who still require Internet Explorer (or at least an emulation of it) can use Microsoft Edge’s Open link in new Internet Explorer mode tab feature. Simply right-click the link you need to run in IE, and select it the IE mode tab option seen in the following screenshot.

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Once you’ve opened an IE tab, you’ll get a prompt that allows you to always open that particular URL in IE mode. In the following screenshot, note the ability to toggle on Open this page in Internet Explorer mode next time.

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Alternative methods to launch Internet Explorer mode in Edge

If you don’t have a link to right-click, you can also just visit the webpage in Edge normally. Then use the ellipsis (three dots) in the upper right corner of the Edge browser and select Reload in Internet Explorer mode.

And lastly, you can make some adjustments to Edge’s settings by also using that same ellipsis (three dots) in the upper right corner. Choose Settings, then Default browser.

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From here, you can:

  • Make Edge your default browser (if not already)
  • Allow IE to automatically open sites in Edge (Never, Incompatible sites only, or Always)
  • Allow sites to be reloaded in IE mode (as I’ve shown in this blog post)
  • Manually add sites to always open in IE mode*

*Note that when you add specific sites to use IE mode, it only stays in affect for 30 days.

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