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Turn off Enterprise Mode

It’s important that you test the sites you’re adding, or considering removing, from your Enterprise Mode site list. To make this testing easier, you can turn off the site list or the entire Enterprise Mode functionality. For example, you might have an intranet site on your list that you’ve upgraded to be compatible with the new web standards . If you test the site while the site list is active, Internet Explorer 11 will automatically switch to Enterprise Mode. This may seem to work, but using “Edge” mode could give you considerable performance and functionality improvements. By turning off the site list, you can see what the page actually looks like and decide whether to remove it from your site list.

In addition, if you no longer want your users to be able to turn Enterprise Mode on locally, you can remove Enterprise Mode from the local Tools menu.

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Turning off both of these features turns off Enterprise Mode for your company. Turning off Enterprise Mode also causes any websites included in your employee’s manual site lists to not appear in Enterprise Mode.

To turn off the site list using Group Policy

  1. Open your Group Policy editor, like Group Policy Management Console (GPMC).

  2. Go to the Use the Enterprise Mode IE website list setting, and then click Disabled.

    Enterprise Mode will no longer look for the site list, effectively turning off Enterprise Mode. However, if you previously turned on local control for your employees, Enterprise Mode will still be available from the Tools menu. You need to turn that part of the functionality off separately.

To turn off local control using Group Policy

  1. Open your Group Policy editor, like Group Policy Management Console (GPMC).

  2. Go to the Let users turn on and use Enterprise Mode from the Tools menu setting, and then click Disable.

  3. Enterprise Mode no longer shows up on the Tools menu for your employees. However, if you are still using an Enterprise Mode site list, all of the globally listed sites will still appear in Enterprise Mode. If you want to turn off all of Enterprise Mode, you will need to also turn off the site list functionality.

To turn off the site list using the registry

  1. Open a registry editor, such as regedit.exe.

  2. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\EnterpriseMode, and then delete the SiteList value.

    You can also use HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, depending whether you want to turn off the Enterprise Mode site list for users or for computers.

  3. Close all and restart all instances of Internet Explorer.

    Internet Explorer 11 stops looking at the site list for rendering instructions. However, Enterprise Mode is still available to your users locally (if it was turned on).

To turn off local control using the registry

  1. Open a registry editor, such as regedit.exe.

  2. Go HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\EnterpriseMode, and then delete the Enable value.

    You can also use HKEY_CURRENT_USER, depending whether you want to turn off Enterprise Mode for users or for computers.

  3. Close and restart all instances of Internet Explorer.

    Enterprise Mode is no longer a user option on the Tools menu in Internet Explorer 11. However, Internet Explorer 11 still looks at the site list (if it was turned on).

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