Enabling Internet Explorer Mode in Microsoft Edge

This article covers how to enable Internet Explorer mode in Microsoft Edge and enable a button to reload a page in Internet Explorer mode.

1. Open Microsoft Edge and click on the three dots on the right.

microsoft edge

2. Select Settings.

settings and more menu

3. Select Default browser.

edge settings

4. Click on the drop-down menu next to Allow sites to be reloaded in Internet Explorer mode (IE mode) and select Allow.

allow sites to be reloaded in IE mode

5. Click Restart to restart Microsoft Edge.

restart microsoft edge

6. Return to the three dots menu (settings and more) and select Settings. Then select Appearance.

settings menu
  1. Click on three dots menu (settings and more).
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select Appearance.

7. Click the slider next to Internet Explorer mode (IE mode) button.

add IE mode button to toolbar

8. Click on the IE mode button to load a webpage in Internet Explorer mode.

If you are accessing My Workplace/My Workplace (New), it's recommended that you enable IE mode on the CSUF homepage and then log in to the portal.

enable IE mode for a webpage

You may get an "unsupported browser" error if you do not enable Compatibility View.

page is open in IE mode
  1. Make sure that Open this page in Compatibility View is enabled.
  2. Optionally, you can also enable Open this page in Internet Explorer mode next time if you frequently need to use IE mode with this site.
  3. Click Done if you make any changes.
  4. Click the x to close this pop-up.

10. Need to exit IE mode for a webpage? Click on the IE mode button again.

exit IE mode

Need More Help?

Faculty and Staff should contact the IT Help Desk at [email protected] or 657-278-7777 for additional assistance.

Students should contact the Student IT Help Desk at [email protected] or 657-278-8888 for additional assistance.


Santiago Aguiar

Good Afternoon, I'm having trouble signing off a document through my Internet Explorer. I have tried multiple browsers and still am having a tough time The document is called "CS Access Request Form" if you can help me solve this issue I would greatly appreciate it!

Camille Johnson

Hi Santiago! The Campus Solutions Access Request Form currently works in Microsoft Edge in IE Mode with Compatibility view enabled. Step 9 in this guide shows how to check that Compatibility View is turned on.


Nicely described. Worked like charm for a stone-age website I needed to check urgently!

Camille Johnson

Thanks, Espy! Always glad to help! :)


print preview is not working on microsoft edge in ie mode

Camille Johnson

Hello! To get a print preview in IE mode, right-click on the page and select "Print preview..." If you are unable to generate a print preview this way, contact the appropriate Helpdesk listed in the Need More Help? section of this article.


I did but no working .. new tabs automatically opened..

Camille Johnson

Hi Abhishek! Maybe this IE mode troubleshooting page will help: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/deployedge/edge-ie-mode-faq

If you need further assistance, you can contact Microsoft Support at: https://support.microsoft.com/contactus?ContactUsExperienceEntryPointAssetId=S.HP.SMC-HOME


Setting edge as a default browser was unnecessary, glad I skipped that part. It worked anyway thanks.

Camille Johnson

Hi Austin! That part is just to set certain pages to always open in Internet Explorer. This guide is tailored to Cal State Fullerton faculty/staff. Employees at Cal State Fullerton need to access certain functions that require IE Mode and following the default browser steps shaves some time off the process the next time they have to access those pages. This article seems to get a decent amount of traffic from non-CSUF affiliated individuals though, so for folks that just need to activate IE Mode the one time, following steps 6 onward should suffice.

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