Internet Explorer is a web browsing program used to access the Internet. Its early competition included older versions of Firefox, but mainly Netscape Communicator. The maker of Internet Explorer is also the maker of Windows – Microsoft. The company has always used Internet Explorer as its browser, and it comes installed with the base system of Windows. The current version of Internet Explorer for Windows is version eight. Though it has a future on the Windows platform, its time on Mac has been over for a while.
Why Use Internet Explorer on a Mac?
One of the benefits of using IE on a Mac is that is makes operating multiple machines simpler. There are a lot of people using Internet Explorer at work and Mac’s browsers at home with no way to synchronize the Internet sessions and migrate their data easily.
Secondly, Internet Explorer is still the most popular browser on the planet. It means that there are lots of websites specifically developed for Internet Explorer as the main priority. In this case, Internet Explorer renders these websites more reliably than its competitors. Moreover, because of the ActiveX technology, it is much simpler to use IE for business-related websites such as HTML IT consoles or Webex.
How to Access Internet Explorer Websites on Mac
As discussed earlier one can use internet explorer on mac by accessing the default Safari web browser on your Mac. What basically this trick does is it fools the target website into believing that the web browser you are using is not Safari but Internet Explorer by changing the User-Agent identifier.
For gaining access to websites on Mac, which require Internet Explorer or PC follow the below step to step guide:
- Step1: On your Mac, open the safari browser.
- Step2: Once the Safari browser is open, on the top left corner is a menu. From the menu choose Safari and a drop-down will open.
- Step3: From the drop-down choose “preferences” and a new screen will appear.
- Step4: In the new screen, on the extreme right is the Advanced tab, click on the “Advanced” tab and tick mark the box at the bottom of the page marked “ Show Develop menu in menu bar”. Once done close the preference screen.
- Step5: Go back to the main page of Safari. There will be a menu on the top of the Page. From the many options available to choose the “Develop” menu and from the drop-down go to “User-Agent”.
- Step6: You will see a number of browser options on the menu. From them select one of the following versions of Internet Explorer to mimic.
- Step7: Now you can easily browse through the website that you want to work on. Your safari browser on Mac will now work like Internet Explorer and you can now open any website that would otherwise require Internet Explorer.