Windows 10 Tip: Find and Use Internet Explorer When Needed

Microsoft introduced a cleaner and faster browser in Windows 10 called Microsoft Edge. But sometimes you might need IE, here’s how to find and use it.

Microsoft introduced a cleaner and faster browser in Windows 10. The new browser called Microsoft Edge is much faster and more intuitive than any previous version of Internet Explorer.

Microsoft is obviously distancing itself from Internet Explorer in Windows 10. It’s not out in plain view for easy access anymore. By default there is no IE icon on the taskbar or desktop, no live tile in the Start menu, and it’s not even listed under “All Apps” in the Start menu.

There may be times when a page doesn’t load correctly, and you have to open it in Internet Explorer, or perhaps you have proprietary software that requires it to run.

If you really need it, here’s hot to find it and Microsoft Edge has an easy way to open a web page that requires IE.

Find and Use Internet Explorer in Windows 10

To find it, just type: internet explorer in the Cortana search box and hit Enter or select it from the results at the top.

launch IE via Cortana

If you find you’ll be needing IE more often than on special occasions, right-click on it and select Pin to Start or Pin to Taskbar for easier access.

pin IE

You can also find it under the Most used section of the Start menu and pin it from there.

IE Start Menu Windows 10

Using IE from Microsoft Edge

If you’re using Microsoft Edge, you might come across a site that isn’t rendering correctly, or needs IE to work properly. Getting it to open from Edge is simple.

While on the page that’s not working correctly, click the More Actions icon in the upper right corner. Then from the list select Open with Internet Explorer.

open with IE Microsoft Edge

While Microsoft Edge has some interesting features that make it unique, one glaring omissions is support for addons or extensions. Microsoft says support for extensions is coming in future updates though.

In a recent interview with The Verge, Microsoft Edge program manager Drew DeBruyne said: “We’re doing a lot of work to essentially support the same APIs that Chrome does.” And he also noted that the extensions will be available in the Windows Store.

Everyone loves their favorite extensions for their web browser of choice, and until they are supported in Edge, you might want to change your default browser.

1 Comment

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  1. Ed Negola

    I tried. When I type in internet explorer I get Microsoft Edge in the search box. When I click below in internet explorer it refers me to Windows 10 which says I have explorer installed.
    However, I need IE as a browser to get some programs like Quick books to work.

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