Quick tips for social media users who use IE10 on Windows 8

ImageI was on my (non-touch) PC just a minute ago and for some reason wasn’t able to register on a website using my Facebook account so that I could sign up for a newsletter. This has been happening for quite some time. I installed Chrome recently and the site works there if I copy the address and do a Paste and Go (right-click) from Chrome’s address bar. What gives? Should I just ditch IE and go to Chrome?

Well, no. Chrome is considered by Microsoft as a 3rd party web browser. The native web browser to Windows operating systems is Internet Explorer. Always has been.

Why don’t you try this:

From within Internet Explorer, look for an tiny icon representing a broken page (screenshot below) to the far right side of the address bar up on the top left of the Internet Explorer window. Click on that.

Compatibility View toggle button in photo of the broken page icon below. Currently off in this photo. Only certain sites will have this based on the way the webpage was created.

Here it is off (below this line)

IECompatViewOff

And…

Here it is on (below this line)

IECompatViewOn

Now click on the Login with Facebook button. Or whatever it’s called.

If that doesn’t work, press and hold down the Ctrl key on the keyboard. Then click Login with Facebook.

Okay, that works now. So do I need to uninstall Chrome? No. Just use it sparingly, they should keep patching it. It’s from Google and it’s for free. I use it for cases like this.

The other thing to be aware of is the enhanced IE security you get with Windows versus 3rd party web browsers. IE is native to the Windows OS.

The best advice I can give moving forward is to consider adding your most commonly used sites that you trust to the Trusted Sites zone in Internet Options. It’s under the Security tab within the Internet Options menu.

Tips:

  • Compatibility View (the broken page icon that fixed this) shows the page in a previous version (mode) of IE. Try that first then click the Login with Facebook. This should work for other things like Tweet and Google+ tags.
  • Add sites that you commonly use to Trusted Sites. You can uncheck the HTTPS box to get HTTP addresses in there.
  • Use the accelerators in IE. Try this, highlight the italic text add site to Trusted Sites in Internet Explorer 10. Click on the accelerator (blue/white) icon

Accelerator

TrustedSitesHighlightedTextRange

Next, click the search provider’s command.

Please note, in this example I’m using Search with Web Search from Yahoo but the default provider in IE10 is Bing.com.

Accelerator2

Final advice for anyone using Internet Explorer on Windows 8:

  • For non-touch device (desktop PC) users, I prefer to use the Desktop version of Internet Explorer.
  • The Windows 8 Modern (built-in) version of Internet Explorer has a command called View on the desktop you get by clicking on the wrench icon in the lower right of the new Internet Explorer.
  • Desktop mode is accessible by pressing Start key on the keyboard and clicking the Desktop icon in the Start Screen.
  • Non-touch devices seem to be better pinning apps all legacy (Desktop) apps to taskbar and start screen.
  • Touch devices (tablets) like Surface RT (ARM chip) and Surface Pro (Intel/AMD chips) you’re better off adopting the Modern apps and the Start screen (live tile) experience.
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