How To Stop Internet Explorer From Opening Edge


As a long-time user of Windows, I know how frustrating it can be when Internet Explorer unexpectedly opens Microsoft Edge. I’ve spent countless hours trying to figure out how to stop this from happening, and I’m happy to share my findings with you. Below, I’ll walk you through the steps to prevent Internet Explorer from triggering Microsoft Edge and provide some advanced troubleshooting tips.

Understanding the Issue

Before we dive into the solution, it’s important to understand why this behavior occurs. The integration of Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge is designed to provide a seamless browsing experience. However, this can lead to unintended consequences, such as the automatic redirection from Internet Explorer to Microsoft Edge.

Disabling the Internet Explorer to Edge Redirection

To prevent Internet Explorer from opening Microsoft Edge, follow these steps:

  1. Open Internet Explorer and click on the Tools icon in the top-right corner.
  2. Select Internet Options from the dropdown menu.
  3. In the Internet Options window, navigate to the Programs tab.
  4. Click on the Manage add-ons button.
  5. Locate and select Search in the address bar and the search box on the new tab page from the list of add-ons.
  6. Click Disable, then click OK to confirm the change.

Advanced Troubleshooting Tips

If the above steps do not resolve the issue, consider trying the following advanced troubleshooting tips:

  • Update Internet Explorer to the latest version to ensure that all known compatibility issues are addressed.
  • Reset Internet Explorer settings to default to remove any conflicting configurations.
  • Check for Windows updates and install any pending updates, as they may contain fixes for browser integration issues.
  • Run a malware scan using reputable antivirus software to rule out the possibility of malicious software causing the redirection.


By following the steps outlined above, you should be able to stop Internet Explorer from opening Microsoft Edge. Remember, it’s essential to stay proactive and keep your browsers and operating system updated to minimize unexpected behavior. I hope this guide helps you regain control of your browsing experience and prevent any unwanted browser redirections. Happy browsing!