If the value of the CSS display property is set to inline-block, the focus may go to a SPAN or DIV element in a DIV container instead of to a parent container.


To resolve this problem, install the most recent cumulative security update for Internet Explorer 11. To do this, go to Microsoft Update

After you install this update, you must create a registry control key to activate the fix. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Open Registry Editor.

  2. Locate and then click the following registry subkey:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl

  3. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click Key.

  4. Type FEATURE_SPAN_DIV_FOCUS_COMPAT, and then press Enter.

  5. Locate and then click the following new registry subkey:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\FEATURE_SPAN_DIV_FOCUS_COMPAT

  6. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click the DWORD (32 bit) value.

  7. Type iexplore.exe, and then press Enter.

  8. On the Edit menu, click Modify.

  9. In the Value data box, type 1.

  10. Exit Registry Editor.

More Information

You may experience mouse click issues with select elements in certain web applications if you use the above-mentioned registry control key to activate this fix. In this case, you may have to click two times to select the desired option.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.


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