How to Enable Standards Mode for Internet Explorer 8

Internet Explorer, Microsoft's standard Internet browser, has been historically lax when it comes to established Web standards. Starting with version 8, Microsoft has included a "Compatibility Mode" mode to conform to Internet standards. The hope of the IE development team is that this feature will move users away from older software like IE 6 and make the Internet more standards-compliant as a whole. Compatibility Mode is enabled by default in release version of IE 8, and it's easy to re-enable if it becomes disabled.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows XP, Vista or 7 computer
  • Internet Explorer 8

Instructions

    • 1

      Turn on your computer and log in. Click the "Start" button, then "Programs," then "Internet Explorer." (Windows Vista and 7 users, simply press the "Start" button, then type "Internet Explorer" and press "Enter.")

    • 2

      Wait for the browser's home page to load up. Click the broken page icon directly to the left of the address bar and to the right of the refresh button. Internet Explorer will trigger a pop-up informing you that you are browsing in Compatibility Mode.

    • 3

      Navigate to a few of your most-used websites. If formatting, buttons, links or images look wrong, try switching Compatibility Mode on and off.

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