Office 2016 does not render custom login page correctly


You have a custom HTML login page (like ADFS) that shows in the Office client applications when Office wants to authenticate a user for online resources.

This custom HTML login page fails to render correctly, either the UI does not fit right or you get JScript errors.



Currently Office 2016 uses IE document mode 7 (aka IE7 mode) by default when rendering the HTML login page in the Office client, much HTML and JScript does not work or works differently when viewed with IE7.



You can force Office to use a different document mode for you page, you can work around this issue by putting this directive in your custom login HTML page.

<meta http-equiv="x-ua-compatible" content="IE=9" >

If your web page is bigger than what can fit into the Office sign-in screen, you can use code similar to this to force the HTML page to stay the correct size and have scroll bars.

<DIV STYLE="width: 460px; height: 530px; overflow: scroll">

If you need to dynamically change the style, Office will use this token in the user agent string that you can switch off of,  "MSIE 7.0".


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