Internet Explorer on Windows 8.1

Posted on 2013-10-19
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Last Modified: 2013-10-22
My annoyance with Windows 8.1 continues.... now with internet explorer.

Firstly when I visit Google, all the text appears squashed up into a narrow column - its OK with chrome and Firefox but IE messes it up - see screenshot. It seems that Google is the only site affected (or at least I've not found any others yet). Is really annoying and does this whenever IE is launched from the start screen or desktop.

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I've gone into IE and reset it to the defaults and restarted the machine - but it still does it.

On a related point it it possible to launch IE in desktop mode from the start menu as you could in Windows 8?  I did create a shortcut to iexplore.exe on the desktop and add it to the start menu - but that does not work.
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JAN PAKULA earned 2000 total points
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select "Compatibility View Settings" in Internet Explorer 11 "Tools"  and deselect "display sites in compatibility view" and "Use Microsoft's Compatibility List", also remove Google if it appears in the Compatibility View list.
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Thanks - did the trick.
One more Win8.1 issue solved !
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> possible to launch IE in desktop mode from the start menu as you could in Windows 8?
I never started it from there in 8, but I do see a solution: take your classic desktop icon and associate a keyboard shortcut to it. That shortcut works even when on the modern desktop.

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