How to Add a Website to Compatibility View in Internet Explorer 11

Many companies that design business-to-business websites invest a considerable amount of resources into doing so. If that website was created a while ago, however, then you may find that it isn’t displaying properly in modern Web browsers.

This can be especially problematic if you are using that site for a specific reason, and are unable to do so because the site won’t load properly. Fortunately Internet Explorer 11 has a Compatibility View mode that lets you force the domain to open in Internet Explorer as if it were an older version of the browser.


How to Open a Website in Compatibility View in IE 11

The steps in this article are going to show you how to add a website to your compatibility view list in Internet Explorer 11. This means that the website will automatically open as if you are using an older version of Internet Explorer. Specifically it opens in “Quirks” mode, which can help to properly display websites that were designed a long time ago, when Internet design standards were a little different. This is fairly unusual, and is typically only recommended if someone (namely the company that designed the site) is telling you to do it.

Step 1: Open Internet Explorer.


Step 2: Select the Tools button at the top-right of the window.

open internet explorer 11 tools menu



Step 3: Choose the Compatibility View settings option from this menu.

open internet explorer 11 compatibility view settings



Step 4: Type the name of the website into the field near the top of the window, then click the Add button.

how to add a website to compatibility mode in internet explorer 11



if you find later that you need to remove a domain name from this list, select it, then click the Remove button.

how to remove a site from compatibility view in internet explorer 11



If a website that you are visiting requires you to view it in Compatibility View mode, then it’s also possible that they may use pop-ups. Find out how to turn off the pop up blocker in Internet Explorer so that you are able to view content that is delivered in that manner.

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