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In Windows 10 , how do you pin / add Internet Explorer 11 to the task bar

FrankBartling asked on

I wish to get the icon for Internet Explorer 11 pinned to the task bar.   The IE 11 Tools section has "Add site to Apps" and "Go to pinned sites" but nothing about how to pin/add IE 11 to the task bar.

So I am asking: How do you pin/add Internet Explorer 11 to the task bar?


1.  I just stumbled upon "Make Internet Explorer your default browser", http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/internet-explorer/make-ie-default-browser#ie=ie-11 .

Look for the section: How do I pin Internet Explorer to my taskbar in the desktop?

I could not get it to work.   Maybe you will have better luck.   If not, try my solution below. 

2.  Below is a multi-step solution that I devised prior to finding the solution listed above. 

1.   Go to Edge.

2.   Use Bing to do a search.   Any word for a search argument will work just fine.   I used " Cow ".

3.   Go to More Action and use the option: Open with Internet Explorer.   Doing so will display the Bing output in IE 11.   Right click on the Menu Bar and make any needed changes.   Change the URL to your home page and refresh to display your home page web site.   Make sure everything is displayed that you wish to display.     

4.   Using IE 11 Tools, use Add Site to Apps.  

5.   Then click on the window pane in the bottom, left side of the screen and look for the icon in the     Recently Added section, the IE app should be listed there.  If not, check the All apps section because the entry may have been put there.    The home page name will be the title of the IE 11 session and the icon associated to the home page site will be the icon in the task bar.

6.  Right click on the Icon and select: Pin to task bar.

7.  Enjoy.

Now the problem with the above instructions is that the icon pinned to the task bar will be the icon of the  home page.   If you like that then you can stop here.   If you dislike the icon then do the following. 

1.  Just use the icon a few times resulting in Internet Explorer being added to your  Most Used list.

2.  Click on the Windows icon in the lower left part of the screen and checked the Most Used list located along the left edge of the screen.

3.  If Internet Explorer is in the Most Used list then right click on the IE 11 icon and  click on Pin to Taskbar.  

4.  Now click on the IE 11 icon on the Taskbar to start IE 11.

5.  Enjoy. 

Side comment:  If you use Norton Security from Symantec, the add-ons  Norton Tool Bar and Norton Identity Protection will be enabled but not displayed on the tool bar.   This is  a little confusing because their presence is displayed in other browsers. 

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Waseemulla S replied on

Hi Frank,

We are sorry to acknowledge your efforts late. I appreciate your help. I am sure this information would help other Microsoft Community users.

Please let us know if you need any help on Windows.


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