Managing Add-Ons in Internet Explorer 11

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Internet Explorer 11 provides an easy-to-use interface that lets you enable, disable, and, in some cases, delete any browser add-ons that are installed. You can also view detailed information about each add-on such as publisher, type, and file name. This tutorial shows you how to do all of this and more.

Instructions in this article apply to Internet Explorer 11 web browser on Windows 10, Windows 8, and Windows 7.

How to Manage Extensions in Internet Explorer 11

To add, remove, or even find out if you have add-ons in IE, access the Manage Add-ons interface.

  1. Open Internet Explorer.

  2. Select the Gear icon, located in the upper right-hand corner of your browser window.

  3. When the drop-down menu appears, select Manage Add-ons. IE11's Manage Add-ons window will open.

    Screenshot of Manage Add-ons in Internet Explorer Tools menu
  4. Found in the left menu pane, labeled Add-on Types, is a list of different categories such as Search Providers and Accelerators. Selecting a particular type will display all respective add-ons from that group on the right side of the window. Accompanying each add-on is the following information.

    Screenshot of Manage add-ons window in Internet Explorer

Add-On Details

The Manage Add-ons window provides information on the extensions, toolbars, and other Internet Explorer add-ons.

Toolbars and Extensions

  • Name: The full name of the add-on is displayed in this column. These names can be sorted alphabetically by clicking on the column header.
  • Publisher: The publisher's name (i.e., Microsoft Corporation) of the respective add-on is displayed in this column.
  • Status: The current status of the respective add-on is displayed in this column—Enabled, Disabled, New, or Default. When an add-on is Disabled, its functionality is unavailable.
  • Architecture32-bit, 64-bit or both.
  • Load time: Represented in seconds, displays the amount of time it takes to load the respective add-on into memory.
  • Navigation time: Whenever IE renders a new web page, active add-ons can add to the amount of time the process takes. Navigation time represents the average amount of time the individual add-on appends to that overall process.

Search Providers

  • Name: The search engine's name, accompanied by its icon.
  • Status: Notes whether or not the individual search engine is configured as the default option within IE.
  • Listing order: Displays the order of preference in which the installed search providers are displayed within the browser. This value is editable by using the Move Up and Move Down links found in the bottom section of the window.
  • Search suggestions: When enabled, suggested search keywords from this provider will be displayed as you type in the address bar or search box. This functionality can be turned off using the Disable suggestions link.


  • Name: Shows the name of the accelerator, broken up into categories such as Email and Translate.
  • Address: The domain where the accelerator originated (i.e.,
  • Category: The aforementioned category value is shown in this column.

More information about each add-on is displayed at the bottom of the window whenever that respective add-on is selected. This includes its version number, date/time stamp, and type.

Show Add-Ons

Also found in the left menu pane is a drop-down menu labeled Show, containing the following options.

  • Currently loaded add-ons: The default selection shows only those add-ons which are actively running.
  • All add-ons: Displays all add-ons installed within IE11, no matter their current status.
  • Run without permission: Lists add-ons that are allowed to run without explicit user permission, such as Microsoft's XSL Template.
  • Downloaded controls: Shows all downloaded ActiveX controls.
Screenshot of Show menu in IE Manage Add-ons window

Enable/Disable Add-Ons

Each time an individual add-on is selected, buttons are displayed in the bottom right-hand corner labeled Enable and/or Disable. To toggle a respective add-on's functionality on and off, select these buttons accordingly. The new Status should be automatically reflected in the details section above.

Screenshot of Enable button in IE Manage Add-ons window

Find More Add-Ons

To find more add-ons to download for IE11, click on the Find more link located at the bottom left of the window.

Screenshot of Find More Toolbars and Extensions link in IE Manage Add-ons

Selecting this link will open the Add-ons section of the Internet Explorer Gallery website. Here you will find a large selection of add-ons for your browser.

Screenshot of Add-ons in Internet Explorer Gallery

Choose Add under an available add-on to install it in Internet Explorer.