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FIX: This content cannot be displayed in a frame [SOLVED]


This guide will require you to tweak both Internet Explorer‘s and Windows’ security settings. This could leave your PC vulnerable.

It’s important to note that Internet Explorer may not be displaying a frame or embedded content to protect you from it. In the same way, Internet Explorer only displays secure content.

Sometimes, it may be doing so erroneously. Either way, you’ll need to exercise a bit of caution when utilizing these steps. The first thing you need to try is changing your privacy settings.


1. Change your IE privacy settings

  1. Hit the Alt key on your keyboard.
  2. From the menu-bar, select Tools.
  3. Select Internet Options from the menu bar.
  4. Click on the Privacy tab, then click on the Sites button.
  5. In the Address of website text field, type in the name of the website that’s triggering the error.
  6. Click on Allow, then click Ok.
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  7. Under the Pop-blocker section, click on the Settings.
  8. Input the name of the website that’s triggering the error into the Address of the website text field.
  9. Click on Close, then click on OK.

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If this doesn’t work, you’ll need to go into your Internet Explorer security settings and change them.


2. Reset all the zones to the default level

  1. Hit the Alt key on your keyboard.
  2. Select Tools from the menu-bar.
  3. Click on the button labeled Reset all zones to default level.
  4. Select Local intranet from the list of four Internet zones.
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  5. Click on the button labeled Sites.
  6. Click on the button labeled Advanced.
  7. Remove all websites from the Website list.
  8. Click on Close.
  9. Click on OK.
  10. Perform steps 5-6 for Trusted sites and Restricted sites.
  11. Click on Apply and OK.

Internet Explorer may be displaying this error due to a security breach due to phishing or stolen content.

If you’re confident that you’re not viewing malicious or stolen content and it’s still giving you a “This content cannot be displayed in a frame”, you can try changing Internet Explorer‘s Compatability View settings.


3. Change the Compatability View settings

  1. Hit the Alt key on your keyboard.
  2. Click on Tools.
  3. Click on Compatability View settings.
  4. Input the name of the website into the Add this website text field.
  5. Click on Add and then close.

Additionally, you can try enabling ActiveX Filtering from the Tools menu. Turning off Windows Defender Smartscreen Filter may be helpful too.

If none of these solutions worked for you, then the issue is with the content, not Internet Explorer.

Your other options include running the web-page or content on a less security restrictive browser or modifying the content if it’s yours.

The former may not be an option if your job limits what browsers you can use at work. Despite Internet Explorer being obsolete, you may be a web developer testing out web-pages or an application on it.


4. Use Nginx

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If you’re writing a web-page and you want to prevent certain elements or frames from appearing on certain browsers, you can use the X-Frame-Options response header.

If you’re sending the X-Frame-Options header from an Nginx server, you need to ensure that it’s configured correctly.

To make sure that all frames are appearing for all websites and servers, you need to include this line in your Nginx location, server, or HTTP configuration:

add_header X-Frame-Options SAMEORIGIN always;

If you find that you can’t display a frame in Internet Explorer, then the developer or website admin has purposefully designed the content to be inaccessible through Internet Explorer.


Nevertheless, we hope you can use this guide to resolve the troublesome error message. If you want to point out any blind spots on our side, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment down below.


FAQ: Learn more about HTML frames

  • What is a frame in HTML? 

Frames in webpages divide the content into separate sections that can be loaded with HTML independently.  Find out more about it by reading our quick article containing the best website builders.

  • When should you use frames? 

Frames make navigating through a website easier. We’ve included all the information you need in this thorough article about problems caused by HTML frames.

The frame source refers to the web page that will be displayed as content within a frame. Take a look at this cool guide dedicated to HTML editors to learn more about it.

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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in July 2020 and was revamped and updated in February 2021 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.



This post was written by Radu Tyrsina and was first posted to WindowsReport

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