How to Use Internet Explorer Compatibility Mode in Microsoft Edge


While web browser technology evolves, some of the websites you love don’t, and as a result they won’t work well, or at all, in newer web browsers like Microsoft Edge. Thankfully, when you run into website compatibility issues in Microsoft Edge, you can easily configure Edge to run in Internet Explorer mode when it needs to. When you enable Internet Explorer mode in Microsoft Edge, your browser will automatically switch to use an older engine for sites that need it to run properly.

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Steps to Use Internet Explorer Compatibility Mode in Microsoft Edge

  1. Launch the Microsoft Edge web browser. You’ll land on your Edge home screen.
  2. Click your profile icon to open a drop-down menu, and then click “Settings” in that drop-down menu. The Settings screen is displayed.
Click your profile icon to open a drop-down menu, and then click Settings in that drop-down menu.
  1. Click “Default Browser” in the menu on the left side of the screen. You’ll see Default Browser options on the right side of the screen.
Click Default Browser in the menu on the left side of the screen.
  1. Navigate to the Internet Explorer Compatibility section, and then click to expand the drop-down menu next to “Allow Sites to be Reloaded in Internet Explorer Mode.”
  2. Click to choose “Allow” in this menu, and then click “Restart.” Internet Explorer compatibility mode will be active immediately, and sites that need to run in IE will load with that engine.
Open the drop-down menu associated with Internet Explorer Mode Pages and then choose Allow.
Click Restart.

Reasons to Use Internet Explorer Compatibility Mode in Microsoft Edge

1. Legacy Websites and Applications

Many organizations have websites and applications built specifically for Internet Explorer (IE). This means they utilize technologies or coding styles that are obsolete but IE-compatible. Modern browsers do not support these old technologies, causing compatibility issues. IE compatibility mode in Edge provides a solution, allowing these legacy systems to function correctly. This mode ensures uninterrupted business operations while transitioning to more contemporary web technologies.

2. Intranets

Intranets in many corporations were developed with IE specifications. Consequently, some features may not work properly in modern browsers. Internet Explorer compatibility mode in Edge ensures these features function as expected, maintaining operational efficiency. By simulating an IE environment, Edge provides a seamless experience, supporting daily corporate activities dependent on intranet systems.

3. Specific Functionality

Certain websites have specific functions that were designed for IE. These might involve older web technologies or unique features available in IE. These functions may not work in modern browsers, causing performance issues. Internet Explorer compatibility mode in Edge solves this problem, replicating an IE environment. It ensures these specific features operate without glitches, maintaining the overall user experience.

4. Testing and Development

Web developers need to ensure their creations work in different environments. This includes testing in IE for compatibility purposes. Internet Explorer compatibility mode in Edge offers a practical testing environment. By simulating IE, it allows developers to observe the behavior of their applications or websites. This ensures their digital products are usable across multiple browsers, including legacy ones.

5. Regulatory Requirements

Certain regulated industries may require the use of IE due to specific rules or guidelines. This could be due to legacy software dependencies or specific compliance regulations. Internet Explorer compatibility mode in Edge provides a workaround. It helps organizations meet industry requirements by offering a browsing environment that replicates IE. This ensures compliance with regulations without compromising security or functionality.

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