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The following tutorial demonstrates how to add or remove the Internet Explorer entry from the Power Options dialog when using a version of the Windows 10 operating system.

Although Microsoft had developed a newer web browser, Internet Explorer was still available to use in Windows 10 when users made the upgrade; and in fact, IE 11 is still available to be opened today if you were to search for it from the search box in the taskbar.

IE being available is important for some people because many had gotten to know it over the years and still enjoyed using it. At some point those people will have to make the switch over to a newer browser such as Microsoft Edge however because the development of IE 11 has stopped, i.e., the IE browser has been discontinued. This will eventually lead to incompatibility problems as you always need to update a browser so that it works with the newer software that is attempting to be shown on it. There’s also the chance it will become a security risk as well.

But for the time being, there’s nothing wrong with using IE 11. Due to its popularity, it’s not uncommon for Windows users to open it up and check it out or use it as a second or third browser for some tasks they wish to be separated from their main daily browser. And there are some advantages to IE 11: websites tend to appear closer up when viewing from laptops than some alternatives, no toolbars are taking up unnecessary screen real estate, and it has tabs beneath the address bar which is unique to modern browsers for no particular reason.

An example of how the Internet Explorer entry appears in Power Options:

Power Options: Internet Explorer

How to Add/Remove Internet Explorer Browser in Power Options via Command Prompt in Windows 10

You can remove Internet Explorer from the Power Options menu and/or add Internet Explorer to the Power Options menu via the command line in Windows 10. Here is how to do that:

1. Open the elevated version of the Command Prompt window. Here are all the ways in which you can open the elevated Command Prompt window when using the Windows 10 oeprating system: How to Open Elevated Command Prompt in Windows 10 [Tutorial].

2. Type one of the following commands into the command line and then press the Enter key on your keyboard to execute it:

To add Internet Explorer:

powercfg -attributes 02F815B5-A5CF-4C84-BF20-649D1F75D3D8 -ATTRIB_HIDE

powercfg -attributes 02F815B5-A5CF-4C84-BF20-649D1F75D3D8 -ATTRIB_HIDE

To remove Internet Explorer:

powercfg -attributes 02F815B5-A5CF-4C84-BF20-649D1F75D3D8 +ATTRIB_HIDE

powercfg -attributes 02F815B5-A5CF-4C84-BF20-649D1F75D3D8 -ATTRIB_HIDE

In conclusion, that is how to add or remove Internet Explorer from the Power Options menu. By removing Internet Explorer from Power Options, it means now on one can play with IE’s settings if they were to have the Power Options menu open.

(This article was last updated on September 27, 2021.)

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