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Fix: Broken Google search results in Internet Explorer 11

Today, many users faced a problem with Google search when using Internet Explorer 11. The search results appear completely broken and aligned to the left in a narrow column. Luckily, we have figured out what is the cause of the issue and how to fix it!

The problem is with Internet Explorer 11 and its compatibility lists. Microsoft provides these compatibility lists and updates them automatically. Until recently, Google results were showing fine in Internet Explorer 11 but as of this writing, it shows the search results as follows:
Search ResultsEven some of the RSS feeds are displayed incorrectly by Internet Explorer 11 or not shown at all.

Well, the temporary solution is to disable the option to use Microsoft compatibility lists.
After that, Google search will work properly in Internet Explorer 11.

If you are not familiar how to change this setting, here are the steps on how to disable the compatibility lists feature.

  • Click on the Settings icon in the top right corner of IE11:Settings Icon
  • Select the Compatibility View Settings item in the drop-down menu. The following dialog will appear. Compatibility View Settings
  • Uncheck the "Use Microsoft compatibility lists" option:
    Compatibility View New Settings

That's it. Now Google's search results will be displayed correctly for you. For me, it also fixed the issue with RSS feeds displaying incorrectly in IE11 for a long time. We hope that Microsoft will update their compatibility lists soon and fix these issues.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

13 thoughts on “Fix: Broken Google search results in Internet Explorer 11”

  1. I updated to IE11 on Windows 7 premium and have had this same problem… I tried to use what you are suggesting and it failed to correct the problem… I did find something that worked … go to Google Settings and change the Instant Results in Search component to “never show instant results”

    1. Thank you! Changing the Google Settings totally fixed this annoying problem! (compatibility setting change did not work, btw..)

  2. I just fixed my Google Instant using IE 11 today. It was the same thing. I changed my settings to “Never show Instant results”, and my Google Instant started working again. The Search Settings is in Settings in the lower right-hand corner of the Google search page.

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