# Internet Explorer Hacks

# Adding Inline Block support to IE6 and IE7

display: inline-block;

The display property with the value of inline-block is not supported by Internet Explorer 6 and 7. A work-around for this is:

zoom: 1;
*display: inline;

The zoom property triggers the hasLayout feature of elements, and it is available only in Internet Explorer. The *display makes sure that the invalid property executes only on the affected browsers. Other browsers will simply ignore the rule.

# High Contrast Mode in Internet Explorer 10 and greater

In Internet Explorer 10+ and Edge, Microsoft provides the -ms-high-contrast media selector to expose the "High Contrast" setting from the browser, which allows the programmer to adjust their site's styles accordingly.

The -ms-high-contrast selector has 3 states: active, black-on-white, and white-on-black. In IE10+ it also had a none state, but that is no longer supported in Edge going forward.

# Examples

@media screen and (-ms-high-contrast: active), (-ms-high-contrast: black-on-white) {
      background: #fff;
      color: #000;

This will change the header background to white and the text color to black when high contrast mode is active and it is in black-on-white mode.

@media screen and (-ms-high-contrast: white-on-black) {
      background: #000;
      color: #fff;

Similar to the first example, but this specifically selects the white-on-black state only, and inverts the header colors to a black background with white text.

# More Information:

Microsoft Documentation (opens new window) on -ms-high-contrast

# Internet Explorer 6 & Internet Explorer 7 only

To target Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7, start your properties with *:

.hide-on-ie6-and-ie7 {
    *display : none; // This line is processed only on IE6 and IE7

Non-alphanumeric prefixes (other than hyphens and underscores) are ignored in IE6 and IE7, so this hack works for any unprefixed property: value pair.

# Internet Explorer 8 only

To target Internet Explorer 8, wrap your selectors inside @media \0 screen { }:

@media \0 screen {
    .hide-on-ie8 {
        display : none;

Everything between @media \0 screen { } is processed only by I

# Remarks

These “hacks” may be used to target a specific browser/client. This may be used to work around browser rendering differences by applying styles in one of those wrappers listed above.