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How to Disable Compatibility Mode in Internet Explorer

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Compatibility mode in IE is a feature that helps you view webpages that were designed for previous versions of the browser, however having it enabled can break newer sites that were designed for modern browsers. Here’s how to disable it and make sure it only runs for older sites.

Getting Internet Explorer Out of Compatibility Mode

Open up Internet Explorer and press the Alt key on your keyboard, this will make a menu bar appear. Now go ahead and click on the Tools menu item.

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Then select the Compatibility View settings option.

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The first and most common thing you will want to check is that it has not been enabled for all websites, you can do this by making sure the Display all websites in Compatibility View check box is unchecked.

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Next you will want to select the sites that are giving you issues and remove them from the list, remember that compatibility view is there for a reason so only remove the sites that look funny or aren’t working correctly, they have probably been coded using newer elements that weren’t available in older browsers and therefore compatibility view is breaking them.

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Then click on close and refresh the page, now older sites that you left in the list will still use compatibility view and newer ones won’t.

Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 11/11/12

Comments (2)

  1. Rahul

    …And why would we want to do this? No seriously, why?

  2. stephanie

    Thanks i’ve found this helpful but as a developer this does not guarantee that clients machines have this same setup. I want to turn off compatibility mode because it breaks things like responsive design which should be fine in ie9, but when i plug in the url the page jumps to compatibility view instead of ie9 standards so it breaks.

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