“Use Policy List of Internet Explorer 7 sites” – formatting issues

You have to be very specific with the formatting of the entries for this Group Policy setting. We had about 20 specific website URL’s in our list, turns out they were all ignored. The format of our entries was:




These were displaying in IE8 Standards Mode. We had enabled the GPO setting “Turn on Internet Explorer Standards mode for Local Intranet” but had thought the policy list entries would exclude them so that they were displayed in Compatibility View (IE7). Well it does work if you format the entries like this:


(Without any pattern matches or http malarky). The only semi-official reference I could find to this is a TechNet magazine article by Chris Jackson, Microsoft’s App Compat guy.

Laters, Matt

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4 Responses to “Use Policy List of Internet Explorer 7 sites” – formatting issues

  1. seb says:

    wow… thanks to you it finally worked! after hours wasted in useless testing. and we can’t use it because we don’t want all the topleveldomain.rootleveldomain website in compatibility mode.
    thanks microsoft lol

  2. google says:

    I have fun with, result in I found just what I
    used to be taking a look for. You’ve ended my 4 day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have a nice day. Bye

  3. I think what you posted was actually very reasonable.
    However, think on this, what if you added a little information?
    I ain’t suggesting your content isn’t solid, however what if you added something that makes people want more?
    I mean “Use Policy List of Internet Explorer 7 sites” – formatting issues | Das Matt Blog is a little plain.

    You ought to look at Yahoo’s front page and note how they create article headlines to grab viewers to click. You might add a related video or a picture or two to grab readers excited about everything’ve got to say.
    In my opinion, it might bring your posts a little bit more interesting.

    • I think you’re missing the point. This is a blog not a portal site. I’m not trying to attract visitors but merely post entries that may help people primarily by posting content that is discoverable by search engines.


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