Internet Explorer - Using Compatibility View

Some websites may appear incorrectly or function improperly when viewed in Internet Explorer 8, 9, or 10. If a website is not working correctly in one of these versions of Internet Explorer, Compatibility View may sometimes resolve the problem.


Newer versions of Internet Explorer may display web pages differently than in previous versions of Internet Explorer. If this causes problems, IE has an option called Compatibility View which is designed to display a troublesome page as if it were being viewed in IE 7.

Using Compatibility View in IE 8

  1. In Internet Explorer 8, go to Tools
  2. Click on Compatibility View

    IE 8 - Compatibility view

Using Compatibility View in IE 9 and 10

  1. In Internet Explorer 9 and 10, there will be a small icon that looks like a piece of paper ripped in half located in the address bar (If you don't see the icon, it is likely you will not need it to properly see the webpage).

  2. Clicking on the icon will toggle Compatibility View on () and off ().

  3. IE 10 - Compatibility view

Keywords:IE8 IE 8 ie9 ie 9 ie10 ie 10 iexplore Microsoft browsers known issues problems viewing websites compatible   Doc ID:11667
Owner:Leah S.Group:DoIT Help Desk
Created:2009-07-05 19:00 CDTUpdated:2014-08-11 09:13 CDT
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