A web browser is a software application for retrieving, presenting, and traversing information resources on the World Wide Web. An information resource is identified by a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) and may be a web page, image, video, or other piece of content.


Note: The OIT supports the 2 latest versions of a browser. If you are using an older version, please update your browser for full compatibility with all Notre Dame sites.


The OIT supports the following browsers:

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    Chrome - Chrome is a web browser developed by Google, and is one of the most recent additions to the browser options, first released as a beta version in September 2008. The logo is a circle with the common primary colors you're familiar with from Google.



  • firefox logo

    Firefox - Firefox is a free and open source web browser developed by Mozilla.  It is available for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and many other platforms. Look for the globe with an orange fox surrounding it to launch this browser.



  • safari logo

    Safari - Developed by Apple and included with the Mac OS X and iOS operating systems. It is also available for Windows. The logo is a blue compass.



  • ie logo

    Internet Explorer (IE) - Internet Explorer is commonly abbreviated IE.  It is developed by Microsoft and included as part of all Microsoft Windows operating systems. It is only available for Windows. Look for the blue "e' as shown at right to launch this browser.


Many vendors release new versions quite frequently. These updates often include security enhancements. In most cases, we recommend you use one of the two most recent releases for your browser of choice.   

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IE 11 Display Issues

Some users have experienced trouble with IE 11, especially when going to sites such as or other Notre Dame sites. Many of these issues can be resolved by setting all sites to be viewed in compatibility mode. You can configure this by following these steps:

  • Click the settings (gear) icon in the upper right of IE 11

  • Clcik Compatibility View settings

  • Under Add this website: enter

  • Click Add

  • Click Close

You may need to close and reopen your browser for these changes to take effect.

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Clearing Web Browser Information

Internet Explorer

  1. Click the Tools icon in the top right corner of the browser (Gear Icon)

    • For older versions of IE, you may need to press (Alt + T) to open the tools menu

  2. Choose Internet Options

  3. Under Browsing History, click Delete

  4. Make sure Temporary Internet Files and website files and Cookies and website data are checked

  5. Click Delete


  1. Go to Firefox > History > Clear Recent History

  2. Make sure Cookies and Cache and are selected and click Clear Now

Google Chrome

  1. Click the Customize (3 lines) icon in the top right corner of the browser 

  2. Choose Settings

  3. Click Show advanced settings

  4. Under Privacy click Clear browsing data...

  5. Make sure Empty the cache and Delete cookies and other site and plug-in data are checked

  6. Click Clear browsing data


  1. From the Safari menu, click Preferences.

  2. Click on the Privacy tab

  3. Click Remove All Website Data...

  4. Click Remove Now


  1. Tap Settings

  2. Tap Safari

  3. Tap Clear Cookies and Data

  4. Tap Clear


Note: Android versions vary. The steps to clear your cache may vary slightly from the steps detailed below.

Android 4.1

  1. Tap Browser

  2. Tap Menu Key

  3. Tap Settings

  4. Tap Privacy and Security

  5. Tap Clear Cache

  6. Tap OK

Android 2.3

  1. Tap Internet

  2. Tap Menu Key

  3. Tap More

  4. Tap Settings

  5. Tap Clear Cache

  6. Tap OK

When clearing your browser cache, you may also want to consider clearing your Java cache.

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Disabling Pop-Up Blockers


  1. Select Settings from the corner menu (3 horizontal lines)


  2. Scroll down to Advanced Settings


  3. Scroll down to Privacy and click Content Settings


  4. Scroll down to pop-ups and click Manage Exceptions


  5. Enter https://[*.] into the box


  6. Hit OK


  1. Go to Options from the main menu


  2. Click Content > Block pop-up windows > Exceptions


  3. Type and hit Allow


Internet Explorer

  1. Click the Gear icon (or Tools menu) and go to Internet Options


  2. Click Privacy > Pop-up Blocker > Settings


  3. Type and click Add



  1. Click Safari > Preferences...

  2. Click on the Security tab

  3. Uncheck Block pop-up windows


  4. Close the Preferences Window

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Enabling Mixed Content

You will need to adjust your browser settings if you wish to view web pages that include mixed content. 

  1. To add a pop-up blocker exception for a specific website, click here and follow the instructions for your particular browser.

  2. If not already enabled, install and enable Java.

  3. To enable mixed content, select your browser:

Internet Explorer

  1. Select Tools Internet Options.

  2. Select the Security tab.

  3. Click Custom level.

  4. Scroll down to the Miscellaneous area.

  5. Enable Display mixed content.


  6. Click OK. You will need to restart Internet Explorer.


  1. Type about:config in Firefox’s address bar and press Enter.


  2. Ignore the warning and click I’ll be careful, I promise!


  3. Search for security.mixed_content.block_active_content.

  4. Double-click the line item to toggle it to False.


Google Chrome

  1. When you visit a web page in Chrome with insecure content, a shield icon ( shieldicon ) displays in the far right of the address bar.


  2. Click this icon and select Load Anyway or Load unsafe script.

  3. The site, video, or media will load. The URL in the address bar displays as shown below to indicate that the page is not fully secure.


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