What Is Compatibility View?


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Compatibility View is a feature introduced to Internet Explorer 8 in March 2009 that allows websites made for older browsers to be converted to a better-looking format. It was a necessary feature due to quickly changing Internet standards at the time.

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Compatibility View was implemented as a button at the left side of the address bar that forced a page to be displayed as it would appear in Internet Explorer 6 and 7. After Compatibility View was released, web developers began to redesign their sites to push content to the edge of the screen. The new designs made the Compatibility View button disappear. In response, Microsoft removed the button in Internet Explorer 11 and moved the compatibility feature into the settings menu.

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