How to Enable Intranet Browsing in IE10

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You’ve installed Windows 8. You’ve configured a web server. You’ve fired up IE10. You’ve entered http://localhost/ in your address bar … and nothing happens. Microsoft has implemented strict security protocols in Windows 8 and local/intranet sites are blocked by default. It affects IE10, but will also cause issues for Chrome which uses the standard Windows Internet Options. Fortunately, you can circumvent the problem and test local sites again…

Enable Intranet Browsing

The first time you access a local site, you’ll be informed that intranet browsing is disabled and given an option to enable it. But that’s not quite the whole story.

Switch off Enhanced Protected Mode

Enhanced Protected Mode should not be enabled by default; it uses 64-bit content processes and disables various controls. If necessary, switch it off in the Cog/Tools > Internet Options > Advanced > Security section: Enhanced Protected Mode Assuming you’ve enabled intranet browsing, click the Security tab followed by the “Local intranet” icon. Ensure “Enable Protected Mode” is unchecked: Enhanced Protected Mode

Define Intranet Sites

With luck, your test sites will now load. If not, intranet pages will timeout because IE cannot resolve local DNS settings. Head back to Cog/Tools > Internet Options > Security tab, click the “Local intranet” icon followed by the Sites button. Local intranet sites First, try checking “Automatically detect intranet network”, OK your way back out and reload a local page. If it still fails, return to the same dialog and uncheck that box. Then hit the Advanced button: Local intranet site definition You’ll now need to add all the local addresses you use. OK your way out again and retest a page. It should load — but it may look awful…

Disable Compatibility View

By default, IE enables Compatibility View for all local and intranet sites. Your lovingly-crafted pages will render in IE7 mode as if it were 2006 again. To disable this option, you must either enable the Menu bar (right-click an empty part of IE’s toolbar) or hold down Alt. Select Tools > Compatibility View Settings: Compatibility View Settings
Uncheck “Display intranet sites in Compatibility View” and hit Close. Your local sites should display in IE10 mode on both the desktop and Metro views. Phew. Fortunately, you only need to go through this process once. But if you’re listening, Microsoft, please can you address the Internet Options dialog in the next version of IE!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Enabling IE10 Intranet Browsing

Why is it necessary to enable IE10 Intranet Browsing?

Enabling IE10 Intranet Browsing is crucial for businesses and organizations that use internal websites or applications. This feature allows users to access these sites seamlessly without encountering any compatibility issues. It ensures that the internal sites function optimally, providing a smooth user experience. Moreover, it also enhances the security of the intranet environment by supporting the latest security protocols.

How can I enable IE10 Intranet Browsing on my computer?

To enable IE10 Intranet Browsing, you need to open Internet Explorer, click on the gear icon, and select ‘Internet Options’. Then, go to the ‘Security’ tab and click on ‘Local intranet’. After that, click on ‘Sites’ and check the box that says ‘Automatically detect intranet network’. Click ‘OK’ to save the changes.

What are the benefits of enabling automatic detection of intranet networks?

Enabling automatic detection of intranet networks allows your system to identify and connect to your organization’s intranet sites automatically. This feature saves time and reduces the hassle of manually entering the intranet site’s address. It also ensures that you are always connected to the correct intranet network, enhancing security and efficiency.

What should I do if I encounter issues while enabling IE10 Intranet Browsing?

If you encounter any issues while enabling IE10 Intranet Browsing, you should first check your internet connection and ensure that you are using the latest version of Internet Explorer. If the problem persists, you may need to consult with your IT department or seek assistance from a professional.

Can I use IE10 Intranet Browsing on other browsers?

IE10 Intranet Browsing is a feature specific to Internet Explorer 10. However, other browsers may have similar features that allow you to access intranet sites. You should check the settings or preferences of your preferred browser to see if it supports intranet browsing.

Is it safe to enable IE10 Intranet Browsing?

Yes, it is safe to enable IE10 Intranet Browsing. This feature is designed to enhance the security of your intranet environment by supporting the latest security protocols. However, you should always ensure that your system is protected with up-to-date antivirus software and that you follow best practices for internet security.

Why can’t I access certain intranet sites even after enabling IE10 Intranet Browsing?

If you can’t access certain intranet sites even after enabling IE10 Intranet Browsing, it could be due to several reasons. The site may be down, or there may be issues with your network connection. It could also be due to the site’s security settings. You should contact your IT department for assistance.

How can I disable IE10 Intranet Browsing?

To disable IE10 Intranet Browsing, you need to follow the same steps as enabling it, but instead of checking the box that says ‘Automatically detect intranet network’, you need to uncheck it. Click ‘OK’ to save the changes.

Can I enable IE10 Intranet Browsing on a Mac?

Internet Explorer is not available on Mac. However, you can use other browsers that support intranet browsing. Check the settings or preferences of your preferred browser to see if it supports this feature.

What is the difference between internet and intranet browsing?

Internet browsing refers to accessing websites that are publicly available on the World Wide Web. On the other hand, intranet browsing refers to accessing websites or applications that are only available within a specific network, such as a company’s internal network. These sites are not accessible to the public and often require specific permissions to access.

Craig BucklerCraig Buckler
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Craig is a freelance UK web consultant who built his first page for IE2.0 in 1995. Since that time he's been advocating standards, accessibility, and best-practice HTML5 techniques. He's created enterprise specifications, websites and online applications for companies and organisations including the UK Parliament, the European Parliament, the Department of Energy & Climate Change, Microsoft, and more. He's written more than 1,000 articles for SitePoint and you can find him @craigbuckler.

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