Last updated: January 25, 2019
Watch the Video: How to use Silverlight in Chrome on Windows
Browser plug-in stalwarts know about the planned move to a plugin-free web by top Internet software companies. It has become increasingly difficult to access Silverlight content in the browser with every passing year. No browser has pushed back against NPAPI plug-ins as hard as Google Chrome. In fact, the option to even enable Silverlight in Chrome was removed by Google in September of 2015. Yet some Silverlight content remains on the internet. Those who want to display it using the web’s most popular web browser are at a loss. But not a complete loss. It is still possible to use Silverlight in Chrome on Windows 10 with a free extension.
The IE Tab extension for Chrome is not only useful for displaying web pages with Silverlight content, but also for Sharepoint, Java and ActiveX content too. Until which time it becomes impossible to use these technologies, holdouts can still view Silverlight content within the Chrome wrapper. IE Tab emulates Internet Explorer within a Chrome browser window. The extension uses the Internet Explorer rendering engine so you can view Silverlight content. Caveat: IE Tab works on Windows only.
Pay a visit to the Chrome Web Store
Launch Google Chrome. Next, visit the IE Tab page in the Chrome Web Store. Click the blue Add To Chrome button. A dialog will display asking you if you want to Add IE Tab, accompanied by a list of functions it can perform. Click the Add extension button.
Once installed, the IE Tab icon displays next to Chrome’s address bar/omnibox. Click the icon to open an IE Tab. In the IE Tab, input the web address of the page that contains Silverlight content. For example, visit the Silverlight verification page on Microsoft’s site with Chrome using an IE Tab.
When using Chrome without IE Tab, Silverlight cannot be detected. A notice that, “You are running on a browser that may not be fully compatible with Microsoft Silverlight,” displays instead.
For those who don’t want to bother with adding an extension to Chrome, switch to another browser. Your choice on Windows 10 to view Silverlight content is…(you guessed it) Internet Explorer.
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