How to find Internet Explorer on your Windows 10 PC

You might not have been aware that IE can still be used in Windows 10. In this beginners guide we show you how to easily get to it anytime you want.

Activate Cortana either by saying "Hey Cortana, open Internet Explorer," or by typing in the box if you're not using voice or have Cortana disabled. Internet Explorer will show up immediately to be opened for use. To avoid doing this every time you want to use Internet Explorer, follow these simple steps.

  1. Type "Internet Explorer" in the Cortana/Search box. (Saying "Hey Cortana, open Internet Explorer" isn't useful here.)
  2. Right click on Internet Explorer in the Cortana/Search window.
  3. To add Internet Explorer as a tile on your Start Menu click Pin to Start.
  4. To keep it on your taskbar simply click Pin to taskbar.

Now, every time you need to use IE it's just a click away.

If you don't want to add extra clutter to your taskbar or don't use the search box at all, here's where else you can find it.

  1. Open the Start Menu.
  2. Scroll down to Windows Accessories.
  3. Open the folder.
  4. Launch Internet Explorer.

Whichever method you use, you'll now be able to access the old browser if you really need it.

Updated March 11, 2019: We checked this guide to ensure it's up to date for 2019.

Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

  • I need it still for Citrix support
  • Yeah, there are a lot of extensions people miss now. Java is absent as well
  • Java not being in edge is a good thing in my opinion.
  • Not when you need it :P
  • So true!!!
  • Agreed. For this reason IE is still around. No sense is making Edge slower with junk. Hehe.
  • Good point! Exactly: we do not need yet another legacy-supporting web browser. Edge is supposed to be free from Active X also.
  • Legacy? Citrix and Java are not "legacy". There are many organization you proably ignore they exist that use those software. Even hospitals rely on Internet Explorer just because it has support for Java and extensions that make powerful applications available with customization and control over the browser (with group policies). Edge is not a choice for them right now, and that just pushes browsers fragmentation even more.
  • They are legacy technologies. Support for them is going to die very soon. AJAX/AJAJ and similar webapps offer better functionality at exponentially lower CPU usage and better looks across platforms. Java, Flash et al are going to be totally extinct in a few years.
  • You said it, "in a few years". In the meanwhile...
  • Sure, but someone has to bring the change. And they left IE for people, who actually need them.
  • You don't seem to understand how enterprise works. There are systems out there that currently use software that was developed in the 80's and they won't update because it works. If they are ok with using 30+ year old software what makes you think they are going to just stop using Java or Flash as well. I agree, that both are in a decline, but you're nuts to think they will be completely gone "in a few years"
  • Disagree. Innovation in technology requires updates at some point. Else, competition in business will eventually override this "it works" mentality and put them out of business.
  • Case in point: Microsoft sticking with Windows Vista instead of going after Apple with iPhone with their existing Windows Mobile platform at the time.
  • Enterprise does not care the slightest about that unless it brings security concerns. We still support systems that require comparability settings for IE5 to work properly. As many others have said Hospitals and other enterprises still have software that are reliant on windows XP or older.
  • A chain salon I go has an online booking system. You login, you check the time then you book the stylist. The touchscreen of the cashier in the salon shows a web page using IE, you touch-screen-enter your ID, dump all your coins and notes into the cashier in 1 go, then it spit out the changes, updates your account.
  • Hospitals still use XP. I was at one today and noticed this on one of their PCs. Hospitals hold onto technology longer than other fields, they are not a good indicator that something isn't legacy! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • "Penguin apple Good point! Exactly: we do not need yet another legacy-supporting web browser. Edge is supposed to be free from Active X also."
    Legacy = useFUL. Labelling something "legacy" = useLESS.
  • I still use it for browsing. IE is faster at rendering a usable page.
  • Must be old Citrix if you don't have receiver setup? So much faster and easier to use it from the taskbar.
  • Never tried that. Not sure if that would work for me. I do contract work for a company and need to connect to their site using Citrix address. So they have control over how it's set up and what not. Where do I find what you're talking about?
  • Need 1password and lastpass plugins.
  • There's a lastpass plugin for edge. Don't know about 1password though
  • Yeah I need unity 3d support. Microsoft needs to wise up and give users a standards compliant browser with full plugin/extension support. Doesn't have to be default as 70% of users don't need it, but we need a better option than IE.
  • It's called Edge. Plugins are being phased out of every browser and extensions are coming to Edge later this year.
  • More like next week lol
  • Cryio is exactly right. Edge renders a page exactly how Google, Firefox, and Safari do. IE is used solely for web apps that need those extensions
  • some pages on Edge looks different than they are on Chrome or firefox for that matter, some pages just do not render correctly on Edge, same old Ms, Internet exploder always did things differently as well.
  • I am a bit torn between the positive and negative things extensions bring to a [popular] web browser. This is because the "standard web browser" in an OS is going to be attacked a lot more than other web browsers in terms of security if the user base of Windows 10 continues to climb in the rate it is doing right now. This means that novice users who look for the "e" symbol in Windows is the kind of person who might say "Yes" to every dialog window that pops up when they use their computer. This means that malicious web browser extensions will get installed. The question is only when we are going to see this in the news and how it will impact Microsoft's  reputation in the eyes of the general public. Of course, you do want to attract the power users who today use Chrome and Firefox and make them permanently switch to using Edge. At the same time, the novice users should be protected per default from installing the malicious extensions that will indeed be created at some point, given enough user base of the browser. I have seen this behaviour in users already, novices who use Google Chrome and accept every "Yes" dialog, regardless of the content. It's the same kind of people who download the "free" freeware software from popular download pages on the web and automatically click yes to installing the bundle of extras, as well as accepting to change the default search engine setting from Google, Bing, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo or something else, to using an adware-infected search engine instead. So, what is the best way to keep everyone happy, then? Perhaps Edge should make sure all extensions are off by default and requires an admin password to activate the first time you want to enable extensions. Also make sure all extensions are approved by Microsoft and signed with security certificates. Also, make sure those extensions do not get root/administrator access to the Windows OS, etc. Right now, Edge is supposed to be encapsulated in a sandbox environment (I think?) and that should at least make it a lot harder to create havoc in a system. In the end, I don't know. It is not easy to make everyone happy. Most people want ease of use, functionality and security, but getting all three perfect is tricky.
  • I'm sure they'll have a GPO for edge extensions
  • Edge has plugin support. Devs just have to port their plugins to edge. Email them and ask them to do so.
  • They definitely need too add Citrix support sooner than later so I can say adios to Chrome and Internet Explorer.
  • I'm confused with what you mean by citrix support. My company uses citrix heavily and as long as you have the latest receiver app (which is a free download from it works fine with edge.
  • I use the citrix receiver modern app. It works fine for me
  • Unfortunately , true
  • You can use Citrix with Edge, not need for extensions. Google it. Or use Firefox, Chrome or similar. There are very few reasons you need to still be using Internet Explorer. Many IT departments still enforce it though as they know how to manage it and assume it'll work with more sites than Edge when the opposite is the case.
  • You can also launch Edge on a website and there's an option in the menu at the top right corner
  • This. Edge Favorites aren't synced to IE, so assuming you're in Edge when you realize you need IE, just choose "Open with Internet Explorer" from the "..." Menu
  • Mine never went anywhere, but I find myself using edge now a lot more
  • Adblock Plus do I need to say more?
  • Change your Hosts file to filter the garbage. Works great.
  • Where can I find more info on how to do this?
  • Here you go, simple and easy trick that works great!
  • This will block ads on system level. Even block ads from Windows 10 apps.
  • Thank you so much, you just changed my life!! :D
  • Side note - THIS is the most useful part of the page I see. Should be a story in itself. Thanks for the assistance!
  • I've also liked this strategy, but found that it crippled specific apps such as the ones from the broadcast TV networks. When it hit a scheduled commercial break, it would just throw an error message. Toggling between two hosts files was effective but a bit tedious.
    As an alternative, I've also used a local web proxy (bfilter was the name I think) but I haven't used that since Win7 so this isn't an endorsement so much. Something like that can be easier to toggle, and had options to replace ads with placeholder graphics, but only applied to http protocol. I'm tempted now to try that out again.
  • Works great except some of the ad block hosts include comment forms. I couldn't comment on blizzwatch due to a site they included.
  • Yes I need to know how to do this as well
  • Oh.......
  • By searching
  • Internet Explorer actually can be found in All Apps. It's just located in the Windows Accessories folder :)
  • Nailed it.
  • I was just about to say...
  • Im sure we could always use whatever the registry key is that handles it being set as default by enterprise edition or gpedit for those with a pro key/insider
  • It's always been listed there since XP
  • No necessary. Sometimes you need to enable it from Windows features first.
  • for pinned sites in taskbar
  • Nailed it in the Start menu.
  • Edge still needs a few features but if they update it quick then I can see it become my main browser.
  • Yeah it needs jumplists like IE & Chrome. Extensions are coming soon.
  • Do people actually use jumplists?
  • Not all users but yes.
  • I use them all the time, for most of my programs. I have File Explorer, IE, Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher, Acrobat Pro, Notepad, and some other programs all  pinned to my taskbar. Most of my work is begins by righ-clicking on them and opening recent files I've worked on. It's fast and convenient. It was one of the main reasons I switched the default browser from Edge to IE (other reasons include my dislike for the UI--tabs on top instead of on the same row as the URL bar--and the fact that it always opened up on the wrong monitor, in the wrong size, and it was too clumsy to move around [because of tabs on top] and resize). I find IE to be much cleaner with a more intuitive UI. The only thing I miss about Edge is Reading Mode and dark theme, honestly.
  • Needed it for Skysports as it uses silverlight. Sky identified Edge as Google chrome and stated it is no longer supported .
  • First thing I searched in Windows 10 was Internet Explorer XD
  • Same, that would have been a deal breaker if it was gone. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Edge isn't Finished yet. It still needs a lot of work,
  • Edge just needs time to mature the same way IE did with all the updates and fixes provided over the years. Right now its too early and i dont think it's ready to replace any previous browser just yet.
  • I really don't need it ;) Edge and Chrome do the work for me.
  • the internet banking website of my bank refuses me to log in from edge, so yeah some websited still need IE.
  • That was happening to me as well, but my bank began supporting Microsoft Edge a few days later. Just keep checking until your bank supports it
  • I've just lost you at Chrome..
  • Still using Chrome ? Are you serious...?
  • "if you really need it"? How about 100% of the time? I never use Edge. When the extensions I need are supported (Roboform, for example), I'll reconsider.
  • ^I agree. Everyday I use Lastpass. Plus when I launch an Origin game it first opens in Edge and I have to click 'Open in Internet explorer'. If Microsoft wants us to use this as our main browser, they need to allow plug-ins.
  • Am i the only one who uses edge because there are no ads ????
  • Ummm, unless you have done some trickery like editing host files: Edge will very prominently display ads. That was definitely one of the most painful parts about "upgrading" from Metro IE to Edge: The loss of TrackingProtection.
  • The most painful thing for me was actually being able to go back and forward with just a swipe, instead of hitting the buttons. Hope that comes back.
  • That stings too. Definitely one of my many grievances with Edge vs. Metro IE.
  • You can click send "Do Not Track Requests"
  • While I enabled that the second I started Microsoft Edge (Since it's no longer enabled by default), Do Not Track is entirely honor based. It's only that: A request, and websites are under no obligation to follow it. Stuff like TrackingProtection (or in the case of browsers with extensions) and AdBlock keep cookies from being able to track you. It's not an opt-in type thing, it's not a request, it blocks such tracking whether the tracking service likes it or not. I mean, there are still other ways and methods that companies have to stalk you on the 'net, but TrackingProtection was built in, easy to use, and made it a lot more difficult. Oh, and stuff like TrackingProtection and AdBlock also disable and hide ads, making your browsing quicker and less annoying. Do Not Track does no such thing.
  • Type ie in Cortana search or when using the edge browser, click the elipsis go down to open in internet explorer.
  • Can you get the metro version of internet explorer back? Edge sucks when youre using touch
  • +1 ...i need metro version of Edge or IE back. I actually run two full screen metro IE for watching two games at the same time.
  • This. Full screen browsing (Especially in Snap mode) was a dream back on 8.1. I miss it terribly.
  • I don't think Microsoft even considered this (Metro version).  I think they were only concerned with users with Windows 7.  Since most Windows 7 users didn't have touch screens then they wouldn't know what they were missing. .  To me the Metro version of IE is the best version they have.  That's why I don't plan on updating any of my Windows 8.1 Pro computers.  I will my W7 computer I like 8.1.  Especially the Start Screen.  I don't want to feel like I'm going backwards.
  • The Start Screen is new and innovative. If you upgrade, you'll love it. Bit I agree with Metro IE, but Edge works fine for me on my tablet
  • I disagree. While I love using Windows 10 in "desktop mode" on my Surface Pro 3, I definitely feel like tablet mode is a HUGE step backwards compared to 8.1. I'm not fond of the new Start Menu, and the new Start Screen SUCKS.
  • I'm 100% with everyone on this!  The Metro IE was much better for all but a couple of things.  I am so much happier being able to right-click to bring up the upper/lower menus.  I hate what Windows 10 has done to navigation and mouse use.
  • Agree, hopefully they'll update Edge when Win 10 mobile arrives, maybe they're working on a touch (metro) version that will come alongside the mobile launch.
  • Well, being a better (if slower) browser experience than Edge 1. I would say most people will need this tip.
  • My wife still uses IE because of lastpass
  • Edge works fine for me in tablet mode - what is the problem that people wnat metro IE back for?
  • No swipe back/forward and no big tabs, touch friendly buttons.
  • Metro IE was still far better optimized for touch. Edge definitely does a better job than desktop Internet Explorer, but the Metro version found in 8.1 was still far better, since it featured: - Bigger touch-targets that make it far more finger-friendly. Less trying to hit tiny buttons that were designed for mouse.
    - Truly full screen browsing, where all the menus and such melted away. It let you focus on the website content. Now there's no option to hide the browser bar in Edge (That I'm aware of).
    - Metro IE had touch and swipe gestures that made it a joy to use. This is a problem with Windows 10 in general, but many touch and swipe gestures that previously existed in 8.1 have been gutted in favor of mouse and trackpad targets. That's fine, but I feel that Edge in tablet mode still tries to compel me to use a mouse instead of touching the web. I'm still reeling from the lack of easily swiping forward and backward on webpages, I have to go all the way to the top left of the screen for that now, instead of simply doing it anywhere on screen.
    - (This applies to desktop IE too, so it's a general missing feature of Edge) As I wrote below: Edge lacks built-in TrackingProtection, which gave users a super-easy, free, built-in way to go from ads to ad-free in about 30 seconds and 12 clicks. It was excellent, especially since it could be enabled or disabled at a per-site level, giving you decently granular control over a feature that was mostly transparent and you didn't even notice. It was beautifully integrated. Now, with TrackingProtection being gutted, and extension support ComingSoon™, the only way to really and effectively disable ads on Edge is by using the hosts file trick, which is a very obscure method indeed to the average user. (That and besides, I've never really like third-party ad-blockers on Chrome, which is why I appreciated how it was built in on IE). Those are most of my grievances with Edge on Windows 10 at the moment. I'm sure there's one or two more that I can't remember right now, but those are the main things I miss from Metro IE, which was actually my main browser back on 8.1.
  • I ditto on this observation. I roll back from win10 to win8.1 because what all these are sorely missing on win10 and make browsing on win10 tablet a second class.  I hope for a tweak of IE on win10 to re-enable modern metro UI.
  • It works like GARBAGE for me in tablet mode AND regular.  I have it on an i7 computer that was running Windows 8.1 before, and also on a Nextbook 10.1.  Edge--like Windows 10 itself--is horrible on both.