opening multiple windows in Internet Explorer


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Guest

I can no longer open up multiple windows in Internet Explorer. This is a
recent problem. When I go to open up another window or click on a link I am
redirected to the same window and the "BACK" button becomes shaded so that I
cannot get back to the last page I was on. I have searched the threads here
and tried all the suggestions, but nothing has helped. Does anyone know what
is causing this and how to fix it?

Thanks!
 
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Jan Il

Hi Jeni :)

You don't mention which version of Windows the problem is occurring on ,
therefore, I can only take a guess.

How to open Multiple Browser Windows
http://navigators.com/multiple_browsers.html

and...

Back button in Internet Explorer becomes unavailable
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;q229684

Cannot Navigate Back to Previous Web Page
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;q298639

Back Button - "Page has expired" error when using back button
http://inetexplorer.mvps.org/answers_10.htm#back

Back Navigation on POST Causes Re-POST in Internet Explorer 6
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;q319792

Error Message: Warning: Page Has Expired: The Page You Requested..
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;q183763

and.......

When you are using IE to view various Web sites, the Back and Forward
buttons on the toolbar may become unavailable.
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;q229684 (Jul. 20,
2001) Cannot Navigate Back to Previous Web Page

Here's a bit of information that explains what can happen to cause this.

Back - Return to the page you just left
http://www.internet4classrooms.com/netscape_buttons.htm
or
http://www.soundfeelings.com/free/back.htm

also....

Internet Browsing
http://www.santarosa.k12.fl.us/parents/TechTips.htm

Grayed out Buttons and Menu Items that Don't Work:

It is a convention in many Windows programs and in the popular browsers to
"gray out" items that currently aren't applicable. So, if you think your
BACK button isn't working, it may be because in that particular instance it
isn't applicable. For example, if you just opened your browser and this was
the first page you viewed, then there isn't a page to go back to, so the
BACK button is grayed out.

Is it only a few sites, or all of them? Is the site or page opening in a
new window? Opening in a new widow can disable the Back button. In all
dominant browsers, webmasters using the <a target="_blank"> tag to force a
link to open in a new window breaks the Back button. The new window does
not retain the browser history of the previous window, so the "Back" button
is disabled. It does sound as it this might be what is happening on these
sites.

Try using the Refresh button and see if that lets you go back.

also....

Help Getting Back
http://www.soundfeelings.com/free/back.htm

Often you can open a link in a new window.
Then instead of using the Back button to return to the first page
just close the second window. Doing that has the additional advantage
that often you won't even lose your place on the previous page.

Another aspect on the matter:

As an additional note.....you should also be aware that webmasters can, and
many do, set up their website coding to prevent use of the back button,
which will create the Page has Expired situation, and there is nothing you
can do to correct or prevent this in IE. Once you are sure you have covered
all avenues on your end to be sure it is not IE related, you can send a
message to the webmaster and ask them to check or remove that part of their
coding. It is a widely used practice by many webmasters, but,
unfortunately, there seems to be no web policy to prevent this type of
entrapment, so to speak, other than peer pressure that it is not good form.
Sometimes, it is just that they have not kept up with the changes in XP or
SP2 that may affect how those users can access or view their website. It's
just another aspect of the problem many are not aware of

Hope this helps

Jan :)
Smiles are meant to be shared,
that's why they're so contagious.

Replies are posted only to the newsgroup for the benefit or other readers.
How to make a good newsgroup post:
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G

Guest

Internet Explorer 6, I have Windows XP

Jan Il said:
Hi Jeni :)

You don't mention which version of Windows the problem is occurring on ,
therefore, I can only take a guess.

How to open Multiple Browser Windows
http://navigators.com/multiple_browsers.html

and...

Back button in Internet Explorer becomes unavailable
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;q229684

Cannot Navigate Back to Previous Web Page
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;q298639

Back Button - "Page has expired" error when using back button
http://inetexplorer.mvps.org/answers_10.htm#back

Back Navigation on POST Causes Re-POST in Internet Explorer 6
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;q319792

Error Message: Warning: Page Has Expired: The Page You Requested..
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;q183763

and.......

When you are using IE to view various Web sites, the Back and Forward
buttons on the toolbar may become unavailable.
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;EN-US;q229684 (Jul. 20,
2001) Cannot Navigate Back to Previous Web Page

Here's a bit of information that explains what can happen to cause this.

Back - Return to the page you just left
http://www.internet4classrooms.com/netscape_buttons.htm
or
http://www.soundfeelings.com/free/back.htm

also....

Internet Browsing
http://www.santarosa.k12.fl.us/parents/TechTips.htm

Grayed out Buttons and Menu Items that Don't Work:

It is a convention in many Windows programs and in the popular browsers to
"gray out" items that currently aren't applicable. So, if you think your
BACK button isn't working, it may be because in that particular instance it
isn't applicable. For example, if you just opened your browser and this was
the first page you viewed, then there isn't a page to go back to, so the
BACK button is grayed out.

Is it only a few sites, or all of them? Is the site or page opening in a
new window? Opening in a new widow can disable the Back button. In all
dominant browsers, webmasters using the <a target="_blank"> tag to force a
link to open in a new window breaks the Back button. The new window does
not retain the browser history of the previous window, so the "Back" button
is disabled. It does sound as it this might be what is happening on these
sites.

Try using the Refresh button and see if that lets you go back.

also....

Help Getting Back
http://www.soundfeelings.com/free/back.htm

Often you can open a link in a new window.
Then instead of using the Back button to return to the first page
just close the second window. Doing that has the additional advantage
that often you won't even lose your place on the previous page.

Another aspect on the matter:

As an additional note.....you should also be aware that webmasters can, and
many do, set up their website coding to prevent use of the back button,
which will create the Page has Expired situation, and there is nothing you
can do to correct or prevent this in IE. Once you are sure you have covered
all avenues on your end to be sure it is not IE related, you can send a
message to the webmaster and ask them to check or remove that part of their
coding. It is a widely used practice by many webmasters, but,
unfortunately, there seems to be no web policy to prevent this type of
entrapment, so to speak, other than peer pressure that it is not good form.
Sometimes, it is just that they have not kept up with the changes in XP or
SP2 that may affect how those users can access or view their website. It's
just another aspect of the problem many are not aware of

Hope this helps

Jan :)
Smiles are meant to be shared,
that's why they're so contagious.

Replies are posted only to the newsgroup for the benefit or other readers.
How to make a good newsgroup post:
http://www.dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
 
G

Guest

Also I should add:
When I open up a browser window and I'm going from site to site I have no
problem (BACK button is functioning) When I try to open up another window
(either by desktop, start menu, or file-new window) it leads me right back to
the first window and then the BACK button no longer funtions. Again, I have
tried all the hints posted here before and nothing is working. Would
uninstalling/reinstalling IE work?
 
J

Jan Il

Hi Jeni :)


You might also try resetting your IE functions:

Resets all the IE functions - for windows, hangups,

Start> Run> Paste this
regsvr32 Shdocvw.dll

and then do the same with each one of the following..

regsvr32 Shell32.dll
regsvr32 Oleaut32.dll
regsvr32 Actxprxy.dll
regsvr32 Mshtml.dll
regsvr32 Urlmon.dll

If still not joy, then you can try running a repair or IE to see if that
will help:

How do I repair Internet Explorer in Windows XP?
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/tips/xp_ie_reinstall.htm

Hope this helps

Jan :)
Smiles are meant to be shared,
that's why they're so contagious.

Replies are posted only to the newsgroup for the benefit or other readers.
How to make a good newsgroup post:
http://www.dts-l.org/goodpost.htm
 
K

KrazE

Open IE & click TOOLS > INTERNET OPTIONS > ADVANCED tab & UNCHECK "reuse
windows for launching shortcuts" Click apply, close IE, reopen & try to
recreate your problem.
 
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Robert Aldwinckle

Jeni said:
I can no longer open up multiple windows in Internet Explorer. This is a
recent problem.

Did you recently install a third-party toolbar?
Download an update for Shockwave Flash?
(which installs one of the above if you are not careful)
Etc.

If so try uninstalling them.

You weren't precise enough about your OS version.
If you have XPsp2 you could try using its new Manage Add-ons
feature (in IE: press Alt-T,A) as an alternative to uninstalling
the third-party toolbar(s). However, this is a known symptom
of one well-known toolbar and I think the usual resolution
is to uninstall it.


Good luck

Robert Aldwinckle
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G

Guest

How can I tell if I have a third party toolbar and how do I get rid of them?
Will that fix the problem or do I need to do something else after that?

I tried the suggestions that Jan Il and KrazE posted and neither of those
worked.
 
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Robert Aldwinckle

....
How can I tell if I have a third party toolbar and how do I get rid of them?

You could start by clarifying your version of Windows.
Press Win-Break and transcribe the information under
the System: label for example.

Will that fix the problem or do I need to do something else after that?

Who knows? Diagnosis takes one step at a time (or longer when the user
isn't taking hints or disclosing information necessary to provide help.)


Robert
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