How to jump to Microsoft Edge from Internet Explorer

Microsoft Edge with Imported Favorites

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Internet Explorer has: officially put out in the meadow as of June 15, 2022† Microsoft no longer supports the outdated browser and the program itself will be removed from Windows 10 in a future update. If you want to continue using a Microsoft browser, you should make Microsoft Edge your permanent home.

The days of IE have been numbered for a while, so most people probably already use Edge, Chrome or Firefox as their default browser. But at last count, Internet Explorer still had a small share of the market, which means that some individuals and organizations still have to switch to another browser.

Keeping an eye on the move from IE to Edge will require you to import bookmarks and other data. But Edge also offers an IE mode that allows you to run sites and web-based apps that require Internet Explorer for compatibility reasons.

Internet Explorer mode in Microsoft Edge is: supported until at least 2029, according to Microsoft. Ultimately, such sites and apps need to be updated to work with more modern web standards. But at least you can see which ones still rely on Internet Explorer and continue to use them in Edge. Now let’s see how to jump from IE to Edge.

Copy bookmarks and other data

Your first step should be to copy your bookmarks, saved passwords, and other content from IE to Edge. You can launch this from either browser. Doing it from Edge is usually faster, but let’s take a look at both options.

Export from Internet Explorer

Open Internet Explorer. Click the icon in the top right corner to view Favorites, Feed, and History (the one with a star image). Click the drop-down arrow next to Add to Favorites and select Import and Export (Figure 1

Internet Explorer import and export option

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In the Import/Export Settings window, choose Export to a file. The next window asks which items you want to export: favorites, feeds and cookies. Check the box for Favorites, but leave the other two unchecked, as Edge cannot import feeds or cookies from an HTML file. Click next (Figure 2

Export Favorites from Internet Explorer

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In the next window, select the favorites folder you want to export. Assuming you want to copy all your bookmarks, select the Favorites folder. Click next (figure 3

Choose folder to export

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At the window where you want to export your favorites, choose a location that is easily accessible to Edge. You can rename the file, but change the extension from HTM to HTML. Click Export and then Finish (Figure 4

Choose location and name for exported HTML file

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Open Microsoft Edge. Click the Favorites icon in the top right corner. Select the ellipsis icon, then click Import Favorites (Figure 5

Import favorites into Edge

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In the Import Browser Data window, click the drop-down menu and change the selection to Favorites or Bookmarks HTML File. Click the button for Choose file and select the exported file from Internet Explorer. Click Open. A message will then tell you that your data has been transferred (Figure 6

Select exported file

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Click the Favorites icon to view your imported folders and favorites (Figure 7

View Imported Folders and Favorites

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Import into Microsoft Edge

Alternatively, you can import bookmarks and other content directly from IE to Edge without having to generate an HTML file. This option also allows you to copy your browsing history, cookies and other items.

In Edge, click the Favorites icon, click the ellipsis, and then select Import Favorites. In the Import Browser Data window, make sure the drop-down list is set to Microsoft Internet Explorer. Turn off any content you don’t want to keep. Click the Import button and your favorites and other items will be copied to Edge (Figure 8

Choose items to import

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There is one possible hiccup in this process. Your favorites folders and bookmarks can be imported to the favorites bar location in Edge, which is probably not where you want them. If that happens, you can easily fix it.

In Edge, click the Favorites icon, select the ellipsis, and then click Open Favorites Page. Check the boxes for all listed folders and individual bookmarks in the Favorites window. To quickly check them all, press Ctrl+A (Figure 9

Select imported folders and favorites

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Then drag the selected items into the Other Favorites folder at the bottom of the left pane (Figure 10

Moving Imported Folders and Favorites

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Click on the Favorites icon and you will see the imported bookmarks nestled under Other Favorites (Figure 11

View imported bookmarks under Other Favorites

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Enable IE Mode in Edge

Now that all your content has been migrated, your next step should be to make sure that sites and apps built for IE can run in Microsoft Edge. In Edge, click the ellipsis icon in the top right corner and select Settings. In the Settings window, select the Default browser setting. In the Internet Explorer compatibility section, click the drop-down menu for Allow sites to be reloaded in Internet Explorer mode (IE mode) and change it to Allow.

You will be prompted to restart the browser. When Edge reopens, you’ll be returned to the same Settings screen. If you know specific sites that require Internet Explorer and that you would like to access using Edge’s IE mode, click the Add button and enter their addresses (Figure 12

Enable IE Mode in Edge

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Set Edge as the default browser

Finally, you probably want to make Edge the default browser in Windows. To do this, in Windows 10, go to Settings > Apps > Default apps† Click the current web browser selection and change it to Microsoft Edge (Figure 13

Set Edge as Default Browser

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