Using Edge to open a legacy site in Internet Explorer

December 14, 2023

[avatar user="Jamie Poindexter" size="thumbnail" align="left" link="file" /]by Jamie Poindexter | Jun 14, 2022 | Jamie's Tech Corner, Our blogAs you might have heard Microsoft as of June 15 has retired the aging Internet Explorer browser. It has been long in making where Edge has been pushed as the replacement to Internet Explorer over the last several years. Until now you still had the option of using IE if you wanted but now it will be removed on supported versions of Windows. If you are using a legacy site that requires IE there is still hope though. Edge has a feature where you can reload a site in IE compatibility mode.How to enable IE mode in Edge:Open Edge and go to the 3 dots in the upper right corner and choose “Settings”

On the left side panel choose “Default Browser” don’t worry we are not changing the default though

Choose the setting to “Allow sites to be reloaded in Internet Explorer mode” and set it to allow

Not you can close out of the settings tab and browse to the legacy site you need to open in IE mode. Again, choose the 3 dots and now you will see a new option to reload the site in IE mode.

The site will refresh, and you will get the following popup on the left side.Other options to using IE mode/Edge.If you are like me, you might not really care for Edge. You have other options such as Chrome, Firefox, or Brave browser that you can try opening the sites in if they do not work in Edge without IE mode. It never hurts to install one of these and see if it works correctly.

Here you can enable the slider to open this site always in IE mode. After 30 days this setting will disable, and you will have to re enable it.

If you prefer to list the sites you want to open in this mode, go back to the settings->default browser section and choose “Add” then add each site individually.