Internet Explorer 11 Retirement

Beginning June 15, 2022, Microsoft will begin retiring Internet Explorer 11. Over the following months, Windows computers will begin receiving updates that will disable Internet Explorer and use Microsoft Edge in its place.

If you use Internet Explorer, we recommend reviewing this article and taking action as soon as possible to avoid being locked out of your data and your web applications.

This article will cover how to switch to a different web browser and how to transfer bookmarks and other data out of Internet Explorer. If Internet Explorer is required by a web application you use, please contact SENS for further assistance.

Selecting a New Web Browser

SENS recommends using one of the following web browsers as an alternative to Internet Explorer.

  • Microsoft Edge
    • Microsoft Edge is included with all current versions of Windows.
  • Mozilla Firefox
    • For University-owned PCs maintained by SENS, Firefox can be installed from Software Center.
    • For personally-owned PCs, Firefox can be obtained from the Firefox downloads page.
  • Google Chrome
    • For University-owned PCs maintained by SENS, Chrome can be installed from Software Center.
    • For personally-owned PCs, Chrome can be obtained from the Chrome downloads page.

When a new web browser is opened, it should offer to become the default web browser. If it does not offer to become the new default, the default can be manually changed using one of the following guides.

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 11
    1. Select the Start button, input "default apps", and select Default apps in the search results.
    2. In the search box under Set a default for a file type or link type, input "http" and then select the box under the search box. In the pop-up that appears, select the desired browser.
    3. Repeat the previous step while inputting "https" into the search box instead.

Exporting Bookmarks and Other Data

To import your Internet Explorer bookmarks and other data into another web browser, use one of the following guides.

  • Microsoft Edge
    1. Open Microsoft Edge and go to the following URL: edge://settings/importData
    2. In the Import from dropdown box, select Microsoft Internet Explorer.
    3. Under the Choose what to import section, select any types of data that should be imported from Internet Explorer.
    4. Select Import.
  • Mozilla Firefox
    1. Use the following guide to import data from Internet Explorer: Import data from another browser
  • Google Chrome
    1. Use the steps under Add bookmarks to Chrome in the following guide to import data from Internet Explorer: Import bookmarks & settings