Configure IE mode policies

This article explains how to configure IE mode policies.

Note

This article applies to Microsoft Edge Stable, Beta and Dev Channels, version 77 or later.

Configuring IE mode requires three steps:

  1. Configure Internet Explorer integration

  2. Redirect sites from Microsoft Edge to IE mode

  3. (Optional) Redirect sites from IE to Microsoft Edge

    1. If you are ready to disable the IE11 app, follow the steps in Disable Internet Explorer 11
    2. Otherwise, follow the rest of the steps in Redirect sites from IE to Microsoft Edge

Note

Policies to enable IE mode can be configured through Intune. For more information, see Add Microsoft Edge to Microsoft Intune and Configure Microsoft Edge policies with Microsoft Intune.

Configure Internet Explorer integration

You can configure Internet Explorer to open directly within Microsoft Edge (IE mode). You can also configure Internet Explorer to open with a standalone Internet Explorer 11 window. Most users prefer when sites open directly within Microsoft Edge in IE mode.

Enable Internet Explorer integration using Group Policy

  1. Download and use the latest Microsoft Edge Policy Template.

  2. Open Group Policy Editor.

  3. Click Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Microsoft Edge.

  4. Double-click Configure Internet Explorer integration.

  5. Select Enabled.

  6. Under Options, set the dropdown value to

    • Internet Explorer mode if you want sites to open in IE mode on Microsoft Edge
    • Internet Explorer 11 if you want sites to open in a standalone Internet Explorer 11 window
    • None if you want to stop users from configuring Internet Explorer mode via edge://flags or through the command line

    Note

    Setting the policy to Disabled implies IE mode is disabled by policy, but can be set through edge://flags or command line options.

  7. Click OK or Apply to save this policy setting.

Redirect sites from Microsoft Edge to IE mode

There are two options for identifying which sites should open in IE mode:

Configure sites on the Enterprise Site list

You can use the following group policies to configure specific sites to open in IE mode:

  • Use the Enterprise Mode IE website list (Internet Explorer)
  • Configure the Enterprise Mode Site List (Microsoft Edge, version 78 or later)
    This policy lets you create a separate Enterprise Mode Site list for Microsoft Edge. Enabling this policy overrides the settings in the "Use the Enterprise Mode IE website list" policy, if "Configure Internet Explorer integration" is enabled. Disabling or not configuring this policy doesn't affect the default behavior of the "Configure Internet Explorer integration" policy.

    Note

    It is not mandatory to configure the Microsoft Edge policy. Many organizations use this as an override, allowing them to target the current Site List at all users with the IE policy, and more easily target an updated version to pilot uses with the Microsoft Edge policy.

For more information about Enterprise Mode Site lists, see:

Configure using the Use the Enterprise Mode IE website list policy

IE mode can use the existing policy configuring the Enterprise Site List for Internet Explorer, allowing you to create and maintain a single list.

  1. Create or reuse a Site List XML
    1. All sites that have the element <open-in>IE11</open-in> will now open in IE mode.
  2. Open Group Policy Editor.
  3. Click Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Internet Explorer.
  4. Double-click Use the Enterprise Mode IE website list.
  5. Select Enabled.
  6. Under Options, type the location of website list. You can use one of the following locations:
    • (Recommended) HTTPS location: https://iemode/sites.xml
    • Local network file: \\network\shares\sites.xml
    • Local file: file:///c:/Users/<user>/Documents/sites.xml
  7. Click OK or Apply to save these settings.

Configure using the Configure the Enterprise Mode Site List policy

You can also configure IE mode with a separate policy for Microsoft Edge. This additional policy allows you to override the IE site list. For example, some organizations will target the production site list to all users. You can then deploy the pilot site list to a small group of users using this policy.

  1. Create or reuse a Site List XML
    1. All sites that have the element <open-in>IE11</open-in> will now open in IE mode.
  2. Open Group Policy Editor.
  3. Click Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Microsoft Edge.
  4. Double-click Configure the Enterprise Mode Site List.
  5. Select Enabled.
  6. Under Options, type the location of website list. You can use one of the following locations:
    • (Recommended) HTTPS location: https://iemode/sites.xml
    • Local network file: \\network\shares\sites.xml
    • Local file: file:///c:/Users/<user>/Documents/sites.xml
  7. Click OK or Apply to save these settings.

Configure all intranet sites

IE mode can be configured as for all sites in the Local Intranet zone. You can remove individual sites from IE mode using an Enterprise Mode Site List.

Note

The Local Intranet zone contains explicitly added sites, but also assigns sites to this zone using heuristics. This can include dotless host names (e.g. https://payroll) and sites that the proxy configuration script configures to bypass the proxy. If an external party controls DNS or proxy, they could potentially force websites into IE mode.

  1. Open Local Group Policy Editor.
  2. Click Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Microsoft Edge.
  3. Double-click Send all intranet sites to Internet Explorer.
  4. Select Enabled, and then click OK or Apply to save the policy settings.

Redirect sites from IE to Microsoft Edge

You can prevent your users from using Internet Explorer for sites that don't need it. Internet Explorer can automatically redirect sites to Microsoft Edge if they aren't on your site list.

  1. Open Group Policy Editor.
  2. Click Computer Configuration > Administrative Tools > Windows Components > Internet Explorer.
  3. Double-click Send all sites not included in the Enterprise Mode Site List to Microsoft Edge.
  4. Select Enabled
  5. Click OK or Apply to save these settings.
  6. Double-click Configure which channel of Microsoft Edge to use for opening redirected sites.
  7. Select Enabled.
  8. Under Options, select your top three choices for the channel to use - Internet Explorer will redirect to the highest ranked choice that the user has installed on that device:
    • Microsoft Edge Stable
    • Microsoft Edge Beta version 77 or later
    • Microsoft Edge Dev version 77 or later
    • Microsoft Edge Canary version 77 or later
    • Microsoft Edge version 45 or earlier
  9. Click OK or Apply to save these settings.

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