Windows 10 comes with Microsoft’s Edge browser, which is arguably its best yet. But if you prefer the familiarity of Internet Explorer, then you’ll be glad to know that it still comes with every Windows laptop and PC. You just have to know where to look. We show you how to find Internet Explorer and get it up and running on Windows 10.

Where is Internet Explorer in Windows 10?

You might expect to find IE by opening the Start Menu and scrolling through the list of applications installed on your PC. But, you will see a distinct lack of the app when you reach the section beginning with ‘I’.

This is because Microsoft has placed its older browser in the Windows Accessories folder. So, if you scroll down to near the bottom of the applications list until you find it, then click on the folder, you’ll see Internet Explorer appear. Now, just click it and the browser will launch, giving you access to the classic app.

how to use internet explorer in windows 10

Another way to access the app is by searching for it. To do this, open the Start Menu and then type ‘Internet Explorer’ into the search box. Microsoft seems quite keen on you to use Edge though, as several times when we explored this method Edge still appeared above IE in the list of results.

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Click on the Internet Explorer item in the list and the browser will be reborn.

Launch Internet Explorer using Cortana

If you have Cortana enabled on your PC, then it offers the quickest way to launch IE. Simply say ‘Hey Cortana, open Internet Explorer’ and the app should immediately leap into action.

How do I make a shortcut to Internet Explorer?

Once you’ve been reunited with IE once more, you don’t want to have to go searching for it every time the desire to surf the web takes hold. To gain instant and convenient access we recommend pinning the launch icon to the Taskbar.

To do this, launch the app, go down to the taskbar and Right-Click on the icon for IE. A context menu will appear, with one of the options being Pin to taskbar. Select this and from now on you’ll have an icon resident at the bottom of the screen that you can use to launch Internet Explorer.

how to use internet explorer in windows 10

If neither Edge nor IE fulfils your internet duties satisfactorily, try taking a look at our Best web browsers 2018 guide for more alternatives.