Redirect Internet Explorer to Edge

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So there is a policy for legacy Edge that will send all sites not in the site list into Edge, but I don't see a policy that would apply to the new Edge client. Is this something that could be added? We are trying to limit IE use to only sites absolutely required, thus being in the Enterprise Site Mode List.

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Hi @lexcyn 

I would use group policy to set Edge as the default browser, then use Enterprise mode to force the IE sites to open with Edge.

Open your Group Policy editor and go to the Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Internet Explorer\Use the Enterprise Mode IE website list setting.

Turning this setting on also requires you to create and store a site list. For more information about creating your site list, see the Use the Enterprise Mode Site List Manager topics.

local group policy editor for using a site list

Click Enabled, and then in the Options area, type the location to your site list.

To turn on Enterprise Mode using the registry

For only the local user: Open a registry editor, like regedit.exe and go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\EnterpriseMode.


For all users on the device: Open a registry editor, like regedit.exe and go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\EnterpriseMode.

Edit the SiteList registry key to point to where you want to keep your Enterprise Mode site list file. For example:

enterprise mode with site list in the registry

HTTPS location: "SiteList"="https://localhost:8080/sites.xml"

Local network: "SiteList"="\\network\shares\sites.xml"

Local file: "SiteList"="file:///c:\\Users\\<user>\\Documents\\testList.xml"



I hope this helps!




@Abigail05 thanks for this - just to clarify, we do have an Enterprise Site list that launches IE mode, as well as an app defaults file that sets Edge to the default browser. What we're looking to do is for anyone that launches IE by accident (or on purpose) to automatically redirect to the new Edge browser. This is for many reasons, but the biggest is security.


I might test the site list in forwarding the home page we have set in IE to automatically launch Edge and see if that accomplishes what we want...

best response confirmed by lexcyn (Iron Contributor)

Never mind - I figured it out.


For anyone else looking for a way to do this, you can just modify the IE site mode list to:


-Add your IE home page to Enterprise Site List

-Set Open IN to MSEdge

-Set Allow Redirect to True


Note: this IE list should be the one used by IE to enable redirection. I am using the same listing for both browsers with no issues.


This will force Edge to open without even opening an IE window. Great stuff!