Article ID: 969360 - Last Review: 26 March 2009 - Revision: 1.3

Some websites may not be ready for Internet Explorer 8 yet and have issues displaying properly in the browser. This can easy be fixed by selecting the compatibility view toolbar button to display the website as viewed in Internet Explorer 7, which will correct display problems like misaligned text, images, or text boxes The details on how to do this are explained below

Enabling the Compatibility View

A new button located in the navigation bar just to the right of the address bar (next to the refresh button) controls the Compatibility View feature

  1. This option is on a per site basis and all other sites will continue to display with Internet Explorer 8 functionality. To go back to browsing with Internet Explorer 8 functionality on that site, simply click the Compatibility View button again.

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  2. You can maintain a list within Internet Explorer 8 for sites that should be displayed in Compatibility View. From the Command Bar, select Tools, and then select Compatibility View Settings.

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  3. You can now add and remove sites from this list. There are also options for viewing all websites and intranet sites in Compatibility View.

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If you encounter problems with a specific website that Compatibility View does not resolve, we’d like to know about it. The Report a Webpage Problem tool ( will help you submit a report.


More information and step-by-step guides can be found in these articles :
956197  ( ) Some Web sites may not be displayed correctly or work correctly in Windows Internet Explorer 8

Launch the interactive assistant ( to troubleshoot incompatible websites in Internet Explorer 8.

Or visit our Internet Explorer Solution Centre ( for more troubleshooting and background information on everything around Internet Explorer.

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  • Windows Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate 1
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