Add-ons are apps that Internet Explorer uses to interact with web content like videos and games. Toolbars and extensions are also types of add-ons. Some common add-ons are Adobe Flash, Quicktime and Silverlight. Internet Explorer is designed to provide an add-on free experience, and will play HTML5 and many Adobe Flash videos without needing to install a separate add-on. You'll only be able to install and use add-ons Internet Explorer for the desktop. If you're trying to view a page that requires add-ons, view it in the desktop: swipe up from the bottom of the screen (or right-click) to bring up the app commands, tap or click the Page tools button Page tools button, then tap or click View in the desktop.

Note

  • In Windows RT, add-ons aren't supported by either Internet Explorer or Internet Explorer for the desktop.

Installing and using add-ons in the desktop

If you're missing an add-on that you need to view a page, Internet Explorer will let you know, and will prompt you to install the add-on. Some add-ons come pre-installed by other apps or your PC's manufacturer.

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To view installed add-ons

  1. Open the desktop, then tap or click the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar.

  2. Tap or click the Tools button Tools button, then tap or click Manage add-ons.
  3. Under Show, tap or click All add-ons.

To turn add-ons on

  1. Open the desktop, then tap or click the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar.

  2. Tap or click the Tools button Tools button, then tap or click Manage add-ons.
  3. Under Show, tap or click All add-ons.

  4. Tap or click the add-on, tap or click Enable, then tap or click Close.

Turning off and removing add-ons

Add-ons can sometimes cause browsers to run slowly and crash, or they might pose a security or compatibility risk. You can turn off specific add-ons to help increase your browsing speed, or if you suspect they're causing problems for Internet Explorer. You can also remove add-ons that you're no longer using from your PC. It's a good idea to delete add-ons if you suspect they're causing performance, compatibility, or security problems.

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To turn off add-ons

  1. Open the desktop, then tap or click the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar.

  2. Tap or click the Tools button Tools button, then tap or click Manage add-ons.
  3. Under Show, tap or click All add-ons, then select the add-on you want to turn off.

  4. Tap or click Disable, then tap or click Close.

To remove add-ons from your PC

Note

  • Not all add-ons can be removed. Some add-ons are necessary for Internet Explorer and your PC to work correctly.

  1. Open the desktop, then tap or click the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar.

  2. Tap or click the Tools button Tools button, then tap or click Manage add-ons.
  3. Under Show, tap or click All add-ons, then select the add-on you want to delete.

  4. If the add-on can be deleted, you'll see the Remove option. Tap or click Remove then tap or click Close.

The risks of installing add-ons

While add-ons can make your browsing experience better by giving you access to great web content, some add-ons can pose security, privacy, or performance risks. Make sure any add-ons you install are from a trusted source.

Enhanced Protected Mode and add-ons

Enhanced Protected Mode helps protect your PC and personal data from malware and other attacks. When it's turned on, add-ons such as toolbars, extensions and browser helper objects can only run if they're compatible with Enhanced Protected Mode. You'll be notified if an add-on is incompatible. If you need to run an incompatible add-on, you can turn off Enhanced Protected Mode in the desktop browser.

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To turn on Enhanced Protected Mode

  1. Open the desktop, then tap or click the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar.

  2. Tap or click the Tools button Tools button, then tap or click Internet options.
  3. On the Advanced tab, under Security, tick the Enable Enhanced Protected Mode checkbox, then tap or click OK. You'll need to restart your PC before this setting takes effect.

To turn off Enhanced Protected Mode

Note

  • Enhanced Protected Mode helps protect your PC from malware and other attacks. Only turn off Enhanced Protected Mode if you're sure about increasing the level of risk to your PC.

  1. Open the desktop, then tap or click the Internet Explorer icon on the taskbar.

  2. Tap or click the Tools button Tools button, then tap or click Internet options.
  3. On the Advanced tab, under Security, untick the Enable Enhanced Protected Mode checkbox, then tap or click OK. You'll need to restart your PC before this setting takes effect.