The computer helper: Troubleshooting Internet Explorer By Jay Dougherty


dpa German Press Agency
Published: Friday January 19, 2007

By Jay Dougherty,
Washington- The Web browser is quickly becoming the
application that computer user spend most of their time.
And for the vast majority, the Web browser of choice is
Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE). But that doesn't mean that
Internet Explorer is hassle-free.

The good news is that some of the most common hassles experienced

by IE users are fairly easy to solve.

Q: When I open Internet Explorer, it is in a window that is not
full size. How do I change this so that when I open Internet
Explorer, the window will be maximized?

A: There are a couple of ways, depending upon how you start
Internet Explorer. First, by default, you should know that Internet
Explorer will remember the window size in which it was last used. So
if you size the Internet Explorer window the way you like it, close
the browser, and reopen it, you should find that Internet Explorer
opens at the size and location you prefer.

But the surest way to get IE to launch full screen each time you
open it, regardless of the state it was in when last shut down, is to
change a setting in the Properties panel of the shortcut you use to
launch the program.

Here's how to accomplish that. First, right-click the icon you use
to start Internet Explorer. If that icon is in the Start menu, don't
worry. You can still right-click it. From the resulting pop-up menu,
click Properties. The Internet Explorer Properties dialog box opens.
Select the Shortcut tab, and from the Run drop-down list box, select
Maximized. Click Apply, and then click OK.

From that point on, Internet Explorer will always run full screen,
so long as you launch it using the shortcut you just modified. This
trick, by the way, works for any program that you launch by means of
a shortcut.

Q: On some Web sites I visit, Internet Explorer tells me that a
script error has occurred and asks whether I want to debug the script
error. Why is this happening and how do I prevent it?

A: Some pop-up blockers stop pop-ups but cause Internet Explorer
to generate script errors, which it then tells you about in some
installations of the browser.

It's easy to disable the script error notification, however, and
there's no downside to doing so. From Internet Explorer, open the
Tools menu, and click Internet Options. In the resulting Internet
Options dialog box, click the Advanced tab, and scroll down the list
of options, under Browsing, until you see "Disable script debugging."

Make sure there's a check mark in the box next to that option.
Directly under that, in recent versions of XP, you should see an
option labeled "Display a notification about every script error."
Make sure there's no check mark next to that.

Click OK to activate the settings. The reporting of thos script
errors should cease.

Q: Sometimes when I go to a Web page, Internet Explorer displays
"done" in the status bar, but nothing but a blank white page appears
in the browser itself. No matter how long I wait, nothing changes.

A: This problem can occur for several reasons. First, ensure that
your system is not infected with spyware or a virus. Run a virus
scanner, and use a spyware program such as Ad-Aware to ensure that
all threats have been removed.

Second, make sure that you've cleaned out all temporary Internet
files. Sometimes these files can clog up a system and cause page
reading errors. Open the Tools menu in Internet Explorer and click
Options. From the General tab of the Internet Options dialog box,
click the Delete Files button. From the resulting dialog box, select
the "Delete all offline content" check box, and then click OK. Wait
as Internet Explorer cleans out its cache of temporary Internet
files.

Some users have reported that changing a setting in the Internet
Explorer security panel has cured this problem. From Internet
Explorer, open the Tools menu, and click Options. From the Internet
Options dialog box, select the Security tab. Click the Custom Level
button to bring up the Security Settings dialog box. Scroll down the
list of options there until you see "Allow META REFRESH." Enable that
option. Click OK until you return

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