To login into USA Today’s website with Facebook using Internet Explorer, add URL to Trusted Sites

To login into USA Today’s website with Facebook with Internet Explorer add to Trusted Sites

Just found this out by navigating to USA Today’s News subsite and trying to click on the Sign in with Facebook under the generic avatar icon positioned off to the top right of the webpage.

If you use Windows 7 or 8 and/or Internet Explorer 9 or 10 try this:

  1. Click on the gear icon found in the upper right corner of Internet Explorer under the red X.
  2. Click Internet Options
  3. Click on the Security tab
  4. Click on the icon of a green check box with the words Trusted Sites underneath it
  5. Click on the Sites button
  6. In the Add this website to the zone: section, with the keyboard type
  7. Click the Add button.
  8. Click Close.
  9. Click the OK button to close out of Internet Options. You don’t need to click Apply first.
  10. Hit (press) the F5 key on your keyboard. You may need to do Ctrl+F5 (hard refresh) to get a fresh (un-cached) copy of the webpage. To do that, press and hold down the Ctrl key. Keeping your finger pressed down on the Ctrl key, press the F5 key, then release both.
  11. Now hover over the avatar on the top of the webpage and click Sign in with Facebook.

If you don’t have a Facebook account but have a Google+ account then click on the Sign in with Google button. You an also try holding the Ctrl key down while you click the button. That sometimes helps.

Compatibility View in Internet Explorer required for on-click photos on Fargo Flood webpage

I went to a site just now to look at Fargo Flood photos, (one month) before and after. It has a neat little feature to click on a particular photo from a month ago and it gives you an update pic what it looks like today, flooded. So I opened this site in IE, that’s Internet Explorer for those who don’t know what IE means. It was on my Windows 8 PC at home. When I opened it and clicked on the photo, nothing happened. It’s supposed to change to the current, present day, photo.

First thing I did was add the site to Trusted Sites in Internet Options, accessible by the gear icon in the upper right. Under the Security tab clicked on Trusted Sites, Sites, Add, Close, OK.

Same problem. So then I noticed the little icon of a broken piece of paper in the address bar. So I clicked on that and now it works.

Try for yourself: Click on

Verify the page opens in Internet Explorer. If you use Chrome, Firefox, or Safari copy the link into IE and press Enter.

Try clicking on one of the photos. For me, nothing was happening, they should change/morph into the present day pic.

Click on the broken page icon


Blue icon indicates the site is now running in Compatibility View:


Now try clicking on one of those photos.

I did this on Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 64-bit using the desktop version of Internet Explorer, not the Modern interface version of IE.

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)



Here it is on (below this line)


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.


  • 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



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


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.