How To Turn Off Compatibility View In Internet Explorer

By Tyson Cliffton

Sites built for older versions of Internet Explorer may not display correctly when you view them in newer versions of the Web browser. With that in mind, Microsoft included a Compatibility View feature in Internet Explorer versions 8 through 11 that, when turned on for a site, can display that site properly. By default, Compatibility View is enabled for all intranet sites and also websites on the Microsoft compatibility list. If you feel that the Compatibility View feature is more of a hindrance than a help, you can effectively disable it through the Tools menu.

Internet Explorer 11

Step 1

Press "Windows-D" at the same time to launch Desktop Mode. Click the gear icon in the upper right corner of the screen to open the Tools menu.

Step 2

Click "Compatibility View Settings" to open the Compatibility View Settings dialog box.

Step 3

Click one of the websites that appear in the "Websites you've added to Compatibility View" section and then click "Remove" on the right side of the dialog box to remove that website from the list of sites that will automatically display in Compatibility View. Repeat to remove all websites in this list.

Step 4

Click to remove check marks from the "Display intranet sites in Compatibility View" and "Use Microsoft compatibility lists" boxes at the bottom of the dialog box.

Step 5

Click "Close." Compatibility View is now effectively disabled.

Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10

Step 1

Launch Internet Explorer.

Step 2

Click "Tools" and then click "Compatibility View Settings."

Step 3

Click one of the websites that appear in the "Websites you've added to Compatibility View" section and then click "Remove" on the right side of the dialog box to remove that website from the list of sites that will automatically display in Compatibility View. Repeat to remove all websites in this list.

Step 4

Click to remove check marks from the "Display intranet sites in Compatibility View," "Download updated compatibility lists from Microsoft" and "Display intranet sites in Compatibility View."

Step 5

Click "Close." Compatibility View is now effectively disabled.

Tips & Warnings

  • Information in this article applies to Internet Explorer versions 8 through 11. Procedures may vary with other versions or products.