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Turn on Enterprise Mode and use a site list

Before you can use Enterprise Mode and a site list, you must turn it on and set up the system for centralized control. By allowing centralized control, you can specify a single, global, list of websites that should be rendered using Enterprise Mode. Approximately 65 seconds after Internet Explorer 11 starts, it looks for a properly formatted site list that includes a version number. If your list has a different number, the newer version is loaded and used. After this initial check, Internet Explorer 11 won’t look for an updated list again until you restart the browser.

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The site list is stored locally on your employee’s computers so if the centralized file location is unavailable, users can still use Enterprise Mode.

Enterprise Mode works on Internet Explorer 11 running on Windows 8.1 Update, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 7 SP1, or Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1.

To turn on Enterprise Mode 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 Enabled.

    Turning this setting on also requires you to create and store a site list. For more information about creating your site list, see Add sites to the Enterprise Mode site list using the Enterprise Mode Site List Manager or Add multiple sites to the Enterprise Mode site list using a file and Enterprise Mode Site List Manager

  3. In the Options area, type the location of your site list into the site list text box.

To turn on Enterprise Mode using the registry

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

  2. If you want only the current user to use Enterprise Mode, go to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\EnterpriseMode registry key.

    -or-

    If you want all of the computer users to run Enterprise Mode, use the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\EnterpriseMode version of this registry key.

  3. Type the location for where you plan to store your Enterprise Mode site list file. For example:

    • HTTP location: “SiteList”=”http://localhost:8080/sites.xml”

    • Local network: "SiteList"="file://network/shares/sites.xml"

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

    All of your managed devices must have access to this location if you want them to be able to access and use Enterprise Mode and your site list. For information about how to create an Enterprise Mode site list, see Add sites to the Enterprise Mode site list using the Enterprise Mode Site List Manager or Add multiple sites to the Enterprise Mode site list using a file and Enterprise Mode Site List Manager.

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