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Believe it or not there are still web sites out there that require the use of Internet Explorer 6. The IE6 standard has been dead for many years and Microsoft recently discontinued all support for it, yet still some developers and organizations have not converted.

Thankfully Microsoft built a nice feature into IE7 and IE8 that allow you to configure your browser to work as though it was IE6. This feature is called Compatibility Mode. If you are on a website that looks as though you may need to use this feature you can simply click the compatibility mode button to reformat the page. You can find this button to the right of the URL window near the “Refresh” and “Stop” buttons. Simply click the button and your page will reload.

If you find the need to configure your browser to use compatibility mode on a frequent basis, all you need to do is:

  1. Open IE7 / IE8
  2. Navigate to the website that you wish to add
  3. Highlight the URL and press “CTRL+C” (Copy)
  4. Click on “Tools”
  5. Click on “Compatibility View Settings”
  6. Place your curser in the Address box and press “CTRL+V” (Paste)
  7. Click the “Add” button
  8. Click the “Close” button
Your Internet explorer browser is now configured to use compatibly mode on any and all sites that you specify.

user Posted by John "Mike" Wright

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