Help me Mr. Yuck. IE11 mutates my Office 365 Admin Portal


Recently I had to switch to using Firefox (you know, the browser that is tied up in an anti-Gay Marriage scandal and is now trying to look like Chrome as part of its witness protection program) and/or Chrome (you know, the company that created Glassholes…) to manage my Office 365 components ( and/or This was driving me crazy and I had to get to the bottom of it.

Here’s what it looked like to me when I went to using IE11.  Dude, where’s my top nav bar?


So What

Well, it turns out this is a “compatibility view” problem and narrowed down to a tick box (for the record, I don’t remember whether I ticked it or something else did, but hoping this helps others).

You want * in your Local Intranet or Trusted Sites zone.  Once in there though, the compatibility view settings kick in and we don’t want those for MicrosoftOnline.

Now What

Go into your Internet Explorer Compatibility View Settings.


And “untick” (my spellchecker says that isn’t a real word Winking smile) the option for “Display intranet sites in Compatibility View”. I suppose I could have moved these sites to the Trusted Sites zone but for those like me who prefer it where it is (Local Intranet), this is for you.


Boom baby!