How to view and configure compatibility settings of web pages in Internet Explorer 11 of Windows 8.1


Windows 8.1 which was released on June 26 as a preview includes the latest version of Internet Explorer i.e. IE 11. Although, Internet Explorer 11 of Windows 8.1 is not much different from Internet Explorer 10 of Windows 8 but, it includes some new features and it has some serious problems in the compatibility with different web sites.

Internet Explorer 11 Preview of Windows 8.1 opens up the web pages pretty well but, some of the sites like, Google+,, and sometimes, our own blog Windows8Core fails to load correctly due to compatibility issues. It’s not that the sites are not optimized for different browsers but, the Internet Explorer 11 being in the preview has some bugs which stops the web sites from loading correctly.

Good thing about Internet Explorer 11 of Windows 8.1 just like IE 10 is the option of compatibility view which lets you open up the web browser in the best compatibility settings known.

If you want to access the compatibility settings of Windows 8.1 then, follow the instructions below.


  • First of all, open up Internet Explorer 11 of Windows 8.1 from desktop. Once opened, open up the web page which you want to open in compatibility view.
  • Once opened, you would need to access the menu bar of IE which can be accessed by pressing the ‘Alt’ key on your keyboard.

Tip: Touch screen users can use the ‘on-screen keyboard’ of Windows by searching it from Search Charm. It contains the ‘Alt’ key.

  • Once you have the menu bar opened, go to ‘Tools’ menu and select ‘Compatibility View settings’.

How to view and configure compatibility settings in Internet Explorer 11 of Windows 8.1

  • A pop-up window would open entitled as ‘Compatibility View Settings’. Here you can enter the URL (address) of the web pages which you want to open in compatibility view. The web page which was open would automatically be added to the text box and pressing ‘Add’ would add it to compatibility view list

Note: To improve the compatibility of different websites, it is recommended that you keep the ‘Use the Microsoft compatibility lists’ option checked.

How to view and configure compatibility settings in Internet Explorer 11 of Windows 8.1

  • Once you have entered your desired web sites in the compatibility view settings, press ‘Close’. The web pages will refresh and open in compatibility settings whose URLs were added to the list.
  • That’s all! Enjoy viewing the web pages in compatibility view with better loading.

Note: The Modern-UI Internet Explorer 0f Windows 8.1 will also open the web pages in the same compatibility settings like on desktop version.

You may visit our Tips & Tweaks section for more tips, tricks and tweaks about Windows 8.1


Ahmad Wahid

Being a University student of computer, has developed keen interest in technology and like to test out the new gadgets. His interests include Social Networking as well.

  • jf

    This worked with IE 11 on Windows 7 Pro. Thanks!

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  • WhirlyGirl

    I am using Facebook in the secure mode on Windows 8.1 with Internet Explorer 11. This fix does not solve the issue for me.

    • Hey, make sure you have installed the latest (Compatibility) updates for Internet Explorer 11 through Windows Updates. The issue seems to have been resolved after installing those updates.

  • John

    Except, that’s not all… I work for a large bank, and we use Citrix vpn and RSA token for authentication. Prompts from the RSA authentication server are not being passed to the viewer. The ‘Display all Websites in Compatibility View’ was setting last available in IE10, and that took care of the secondary URL site compatibility. Also the Developer Tools option for Browser Mode is not found by many of my callers.

    Hello FireFox/Chrome marketshare.

  • Jay Charles

    This is one of the reasons that people buy Apple products.