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Fix: Internet Explorer Missing in Windows 10 (Find IE)

There are lots of users complaining that when they try to search for Internet Explorer in Start menu search bar of Windows 10, Internet Explorer is not appearing in the search result. Even the worst part is that it also not available in the Windows Accessories folder. Strange right? It it is not there, then where it is?

Is Microsoft hiding Internet Explorer (IE) so that users can use the Microsoft Edge, the new default browser for Windows 10? The answer to this question is a mystery.

Fix Internet Explorer Missing in Windows 10

So for whatever reason, If you’re not able to launch Internet Explorer using the Windows 10 Start menu search bar or by any other method, then you can follow the instruction to launch missing Internet Explorer in Windows 10.

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Here is what you need to do:

If Internet Explorer in not appearing in the Start menu search result, then you can find it under Windows Accessories folder:

1. For that, click on the Start button, Scroll down until you see Windows Accessories folder. Click on the down arrow and here in the list, you will definitely see the Internet Explorer.

If Internet Explorer icon is appearing in the list of Windows Accessories, then this confirms that there is an issue with Search feature. You can fix Internet Explorer not appearing in Windows 10 search by rebuilding the search index in Windows 10. For that, you can check the tutorial on how to rebuild the search index in Windows 10.

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Image: intowindows.com

In case, Internet Explorer is not appearing in the Windows Accessories folder, then what? Keep following the second step.

2. You need to navigate to the following location:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Internet Explorer

Note: If you’re using 64-bit version of Windows 10, then you need to navigate to above location

C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer

Note: If you’re using the 32-bit version of Windows 10, then you need to navigate to above location.

In the above location, C: represent the drive folder where you have installed the Windows 10 operating system.

3. In the Internet Explorer folder, you will see different files and folders. Here you need to look for the “iexplore” (it is a .exe file).

Make a right click on iexplore file -> Send to -> Desktop (create shortcut) and this will create a shortcut of Internet Explorer on your desktop.

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To launch Internet Explorer, you can use this shortcut of Internet Explorer. Also, instead of using this shortcut, you want to add Internet Explorer back into the Windows Accessories folder, then you need to follow the remaining steps.

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4. You need to copy the newly saved Internet Explorer (iexplore) shortcut from the desktop. After that, launch Run dialog box by pressing Window + R keyboard shortcut.

In the run dialog box, paste the path mentioned in upcoming line and press Enter key to launch Windows Accessories folder.

%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Accessories

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5. In the folder, you need to paste the Internet Explorer (iexplore icon). When you see the confirmation dialog, click Continue to complete the process.

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From now onward, you will definitely see the Internet Explorer in the Windows Accessories folder in the Windows 10 Start menu.

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That’s it.

Windows 10 Start menu search feature will not show you the Internet Explorer in the results as you have just added a new shortcut of Internet Explorer in Windows Accessories folder and it take the time to automatically index the shortcut in the same search results.

If you want Internet Explorer icon to appear in the Search result immediately, then you can manually rebuild the search index in Windows 10.

Let us know, if you find this tutorial useful? Also, were you able to find the missing Internet Explorer (IE) in Windows 10?

About Viney Dhiman

Viney completed his Engineering in 2014 and has 2 years of experience in the field of Technology and Web development. He likes to write about latest updates in the Tech World in his free time. Email: vineyvande19@gmail.com

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