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How to Open Old Web Pages in Internet Explorer on Windows 10



  Internet Explorer shortcut on a Windows 10 desktop.

It's 2019, but some companies and government agencies still have old sites that are not working properly in new web browsers. Windows 10 still includes Internet Explorer 1

1 and Microsoft is committed to providing security updates.

We recommend avoiding Internet Explorer if possible. It is old and outdated. It does not contain modern web functions and is probably easier to attack than modern web browsers. Use it only when needed – which should not be much for most people.

Microsoft also recommends avoiding IE and recommends using Microsoft Edge instead. Chris Jackson of Microsoft has called Internet Explorer a "compatibility solution" – not a modern web browser you should use.

How to Open a Web Page in IE Using Edge

If you use Microsoft Edge, you can quickly open Web pages as needed in Internet Explorer.

To do this, click Menu> More Tools> Open with Internet Explorer. Edge starts the IE and opens the current website.

 Opening a Web page in Internet Explorer from Microsoft Edge.

Starting Internet Explorer on Windows 10

You do not have to use Edge to start IE. You can start Internet Explorer and use it normally. You can find Internet Explorer in your Start menu.

To start Internet Explorer on Windows 10, click the Start button, locate Internet Explorer, and press Enter or click the Internet Explorer shortcut.

If you frequently use Internet Explorer, you can pin it to your taskbar, turn it into a tile in the Start menu, or create a desktop shortcut.

 Starting Internet Explorer from the Start menu of Windows 10.

Does Internet Explorer not appear in your Start menu? The IE function can be removed – it is installed by default, but can be removed as well.

Go to Control Panel> Programs> Turn Windows Features On or Off. (You can also start the Control Panel by searching for it in the Start menu.) In the list of features, make sure Internet Explorer 11 is checked, and then click OK.

 Enable Internet Explorer on Windows features.

Automatically Opening Certain Web Sites in Internet Explorer

For system administrators, Windows 10 provides the Enterprise Mode feature. Administrators can add a list of sites to the enterprise mode list. When a user visits a site in the list in Microsoft Edge, Edge automatically opens that Web page in Internet Explorer 11.

This allows users to use the Microsoft Edge browser normally. Instead of starting IE manually, Edge IE launches automatically when a Web site is called that requires Internet Explorer.

This option is part of the Windows Group Policy. For the "Configuring Site List in Enterprise Mode" option, see Computer Configuration Administrative Templates Windows Components Microsoft Edge .

 Configure the site list in enterprise mode on Windows 10.

This is likely to change a bit with the launch of the new Microsoft Edge. It is based on Chromium, the open source project that forms the foundation for the Google Chrome web browser. However, Internet Explorer will be part of Windows 10 in the foreseeable future. Sites that require ActiveX and browser helper objects still require this.

IE may soon be the best way to use legacy sites that will soon require Adobe Flash.

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