Compatibility mode

How to enable IE Mode on Microsoft Edge Chromium

Microsoft is now testing the new Internet Explorer mode for old websites in the new version of Edge based on Chromium, and here's how to enable and use the feature.

Internet Explorer mode on Microsoft Edge Chromium

Alongside all the features and improvements in the roadmap for the new version of Microsoft Edge based on the Chromium engine, Microsoft is planning to include a compatibility mode using the Internet Explorer rendering engine to load old website.

The feature is known as IE Mode, and it’s designed for organizations to load internal sites without the need to use a separate browser or having to redesign the site. The new approach loads the pages within Microsoft Edge just like a normal website without the need to use and manage multiple browsers.

If you want to start using this new features, the version of Microsoft Edge available through the Developer and Canary channel already include some experimental settings to enable the feature.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to enable IE mode to load legacy websites using the Internet Explorer rendering engine on the Chromium version of Microsoft Edge for Windows 10.

How to enable Internet Explorer mode on Microsoft Edge

You can use any release of the browser in the Developer or Canary channel as long as it’s version 77.0.217.1 or higher version.

Enabling IE Mode on Microsoft Edge

Use these steps to enable IE mode feature on Microsoft Edge:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.

  2. Type the following path in the address bar:

    edge://flags/#edge-internet-explorer-integration
  3. Use the drop-down menu on the right and select the IE Mode option.

  4. (Optional) Type the following path in the address bar:

    edge://flags/#edge-internet-explorer-integration-enhanced-hang-resistance

    Enable IE Mode on Microsoft Edge Chromium
    Enable IE Mode on Microsoft Edge Chromium
  5. Use the drop-down menu on the right and select the Enabled option.

  6. (Optional) Type the following path in the address bar:

    edge://flags/#edge-internet-explorer-integration-window-hang-resistance
  7. Use the drop-down menu on the right and select the Enabled option.

  8. Click the Relaunch Now button.

Once you complete the steps, Microsoft Edge should be able load old websites with the Internet Explorer rendering engine.

Opening website using IE Mode

Use these steps to load a website using IE Mode:

  1. Open Microsoft Edge.

  2. Load any website, but this new mode is aimed for old pages that lack of modern features.

  3. Click the Settings and more (three-dotted) button from the top-right.

  4. Click on More tools and select the Show this page using Internet Explorer option.

    Open website using Internet Explorer mode on Microsoft Edge Chromium
    Open website using Internet Explorer mode on Microsoft Edge Chromium

After you complete the steps, the website will render in compatibility mode, and you’ll notice a familiar IE icon on the left side of the address bar letting you know the website is using Internet Explorer.