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How to change your setting for Compatibility mode for Internet Explorer

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Turn on Compatibility mode for Internet Explorer

Option 1: Tools menubar

Internet Explorer 10

  1. Navigate in Internet Explorer to the site you are trying to access.
    • If the site you need to access is in the mit.edu domain, such as an Atlas application or any other MIT website, you can simply navigate to http://web.mit.edu.
    • If the site is not part of the mit.edu domain, such as successfactors.com or another non-MIT site, navigate to that website.
  2. Press the Alt key to display the menu bar.
    Result: Internet Explorer displays the menu bar: File, Edit, View, Favorites, Tools...
  3. Click the Tools menu, and then click on Compatibility View to enable it.
    Result: A check is displayed for Compatibility view.
    enable compatiblity view

Internet Explorer 11

  1. Navigate in Internet Explorer to the site you are trying to access.
    • If the site you need to access is in the mit.edu domain, such as an Atlas application or any other MIT website, you can simply navigate to http://web.mit.edu.
    • If the site is not part of the mit.edu domain, such as successfactors.com or another non-MIT site, navigate to that website.
  2. Press the Alt key to display the menu bar.
  3. Click the Tools menu and choose Compatibility View Settings.
  4. In the field for Add this website, you will see the domain, that is, the last part of the website address, such as mit.edu or successfactors.com
  5. Click Add.
    Result: the domain (mit.edu or other domain) appears in the list of "Websites you've added to Compatibility View".

Option 2: Compatibility View icon

  1. Navigate in Internet Explorer to the site you are trying to access.
    • If the site you need to access is in the mit.edu domain, such as an Atlas application or any other MIT website, you can simply navigate to http://web.mit.edu.
    • For non-MIT websites, such as successfactors.com or another non-MIT site, navigate to that website.
  2. Turn on Compatibility Mode: Next to the address bar, click/tap on the unhighlighted Compatibility View icon. (See screenshot below)
    Result: The webpage will reload with Compatibility View turned on.
    turn on compatibility

Turn off Compatibility Mode for Internet Explorer

Option 1 - Tools menubar

Internet Explorer  10

  1. Navigate in Internet Explorer to the site for which you wish to turn off Compatibility View.
    • If the site you need to access is in the mit.edu domain, such as an Atlas application or any other MIT website, you can simply navigate to http://web.mit.edu.
    • For non-MIT websites, such as successfactors.com or another non-MIT site, navigate to that website.
  2. Press the Alt key to bring up the top menu.
    Result: Internet Explorer displays the menu bar: File, Edit, View, Favorites, Tools...
  3. Click the Tools menu, and then click on Compatibility View to remove the check.
    Result: No check is displayed for Compatibility view.
    disable compatibility view

Internet Explorer  11

  1. Navigate in Internet Explorer to the site for which you wish to turn off Compatibility View.
    • If the site you need to access is in the mit.edu domain, such as an Atlas application or any other MIT website, you can simply navigate to http://web.mit.edu.
    • If the site is not part of the mit.edu domain, such as successfactors.com or another non-MIT site, navigate to that website.
  2. Press the Alt key to display the menu bar.
  3. Click the Tools menu and choose Compatibility View Settings.
  4. From the list of "Websites you've added to Compatibility View", highlight mit.edu or other website you wish to remove.
  5. Click Remove.

    Option 2 - Compatibility View icon

  6. Navigate in Internet Explorer to the site for which you wish to turn off Compatibility View.
    • If the site you need to access is in the mit.edu domain, such as an Atlas application or any other MIT website, you can simply navigate to http://web.mit.edu.
    • For non-MIT websites, such as successfactors.com or another non-MIT site, navigate to that website.
  7. Next to the address bar, click/tap on the highlighted (blue) Compatibility View icon button. (See screenshot below)
    Result: The webpage will reload with Compatibility View turned off.
    turn off compatibility

Use Developer Tools to change IE Compatibility mode version

  • Navigate to the site for which you want to change IE Compatibility mode version
  • Display Internet Explorer Developer Tools:
    • Press F12.
      OR
    • Press Alt, then follow the menu path Tools > Developer Tools.
  • In Developer Tools panel
    • Change Browser mode to the desired version
    • Change Document mode to the desired version

See Also

For more information and options, see Windows Seven Forums' tutorial Windows 7: Internet Explorer Compatibility View - Turn On or Off

IS&T Contributions

Documentation and information provided by IS&T staff members


Last Modified:

July 22, 2016

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