How to View Internet Explorer or PC Only Websites on Mac without Fuss


We are in an era of Internet and mobility. We love to take care of things over the web on our portable devices, be it a smartphone or a tablet. In such a world there is always an issue of website compatibility with the device. This is where we expect each and every site to be responsive so that they are accessible on all the devices. There are quite a few websites that still require a PC or Internet Explorer. So, does this mean that Mac users cannot access them? Not at all, in fact, there was once a time when such a situation prevailed but not anymore.

How to View Internet Explorer or PC Only Websites on Mac

With the advent and subsequent upgrades of Safari, like a browser for Mac, a majority of sites are compatible with Mac. Additionally, thanks to the universal platforms used to build sites today, almost all the websites have been rendered Mac-compatible. Yet, there remain a minuscule number of sites that restrict themselves to a PC or Internet Explorer. That may sound depressing, but this is nothing to be bothered about, as long as there is an easy way to tackle it. Generally, this does not occur with all kinds of websites, but only with sites about specific industries or organizations.

How to Access PC or Internet Explorer Only Websites on Mac

Step #1. Launch Safari browser.

Step #2. On the top menu bar click on Safari and select Preferences (Safari → Preferences.)

Open Safari Preferences in Mac OS X Yosemite

Step #3. Click on the Advanced tab.

Step #4. Tick the “Show Develop menu in the menu bar” checkbox. This will enable the setting.

Step #5. Now you can find the Develop option in your top menu bar.

View Internet Explorer or PC Only Websites on Mac

Step #6. Navigate to User Agent in the Develop drop-down list (Develop → User Agent).

Step #7. To ensure that you masquerade like you are using Internet Explorer, pick one of the Internet Explorer options.

Step #8. If you also need to ensure that you are using a PC, pick either “Google Chrome – Windows” or “Firefox – Windows” option.

The above steps will most likely let you view the concerned sites by bypassing its detection. However, in some cases, the website itself may be running certain codecs or plugins not suited to Safari. If so, you may have to install Windows on your Mac to get the job done.

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