Address bar and navigation bar missing.

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by PatrynXX, Mar 23, 2008.

  1. PatrynXX

    PatrynXX Guest

    It's been missing since I upgraded from XP Pro to Vista Biz. I'm using Avant
    Browser in order to get an address bar. Tried upgrading to IE 8 and same
    thing no address bar. No file or menu bar either. Tried all the alt's I can
    think of.

    I think I asked once before, but have long since lost that email.

    Use Firefox for some things, but primarily Opera 9.5. Have rarely used IE 7
    and it's just for this machine. Dad's got Vista Home Prem on his gateway and
    there's the address bar. But not on mine.
    PatrynXX, Mar 23, 2008
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  2. Right click the toolbar and make sure that Lock Toolbars is not checked and
    that Address Bar is checked.
    Grab the handle at the left end of each toolbar and drag them down. One of
    them is probably hiding the Address bar.
    Frank Saunders MS-MVP IE,OE/WM, Mar 23, 2008
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  3. PatrynXX

    PatrynXX Guest

    I'm assuming your talking about the address bar attached along the bottom.
    Since IE isn't my default browser, that address bar will always go to firefox.
    PatrynXX, Mar 23, 2008
  4. "Grab" the bottom-most edge of the IE toolbar with your cursor, "push" it up
    as far as possible then "pull" it all the way down.
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Mar 23, 2008
  5. PatrynXX

    PatrynXX Guest

    probably would have to paste a screen cap just to show what I'm talking about
    because the only toolbar with an address is the Vista toolbar along the
    bottom. IE doesn't have one unless I'm using the Avant browser. I'd love to
    try and reinstall it but not sure how to do that.. can't think of anything
    else. It's just bizarre thats about it.
    PatrynXX, Mar 23, 2008
  6. Was Avant Browser installed and was it configured as the default Browser
    before you upgraded to Vista? Was IE7 installed before you upgraded to

    Are you certain IE windows aren't opening in kiosk/full screen mode (try
    hitting F11)?

    Are any of the missing items visible if you uninstall Avant Browser?

    In no certain order:

    How to troubleshoot Internet Explorer 7 issues in Windows Vista:

    How to optimize or reset Internet Explorer 7:

    Internet Explorer stops responding, stops working, or restarts (Guided Help)
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Mar 23, 2008
  7. The Address Bar is at the top.
    Maybe you mean the Status Bar: Tools (icon) | Toolbars | Status Bar
    Frank Saunders MS-MVP IE,OE/WM, Mar 23, 2008
  8. PatrynXX

    PatrynXX Guest

    I only installed Avant Browser because if another tab , it would open on top
    of that window and I couldn't see any of the other tabs without closing them
    all and restarting it all over again. I can't type addresses into IE 7 so I
    normally type them into the vista address bar at the bottom and drag and drop
    it into the IE window. But the tab issue was the last straw and thats when I
    went looking for the old Avant. Don't like going to Avant, but had to have an
    address bar.
    PatrynXX, Mar 24, 2008
  9. I didn't ask why you installed Avant, I asked when. I asked several others
    questions, to.
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Mar 24, 2008
  10. PatrynXX

    PatrynXX Guest

    seemed rather pointless but okay

    upgraded to vista May 2007

    Avant installed March 7 2008

    IE 7 was installed before I upgraded to Vista

    I've tried F11 already so it's not in kiosk mode. I've now upgraded to IE 8
    and now same thing. No menu bar no address bar. same thing as before.

    I'll try to reset IE, but since I now have an address bar with Avant, why
    would I uninstall it? I'm simply trying to figure out why IE 7 and 8 don't
    have an address bar. Which then causes problems with the tabs.
    PatrynXX, Mar 24, 2008
  11. PatrynXX

    PatrynXX Guest

    well reseting IE didn't do any good. Had to go thru Avant because I have no
    menu bar so I couldn't get to Tools.

    Now I have no toolbars at all rendering IE 8 totally useless. can't search
    for site URL's now. Now it's simply a browser window... going to the home
    page. Like running the old AOL 2.0 program.
    PatrynXX, Mar 24, 2008
  12. PatrynXX

    PatrynXX Guest

    PatrynXX, Mar 24, 2008

  13. Tell us what happens if you Run.. (e.g. press Win-R and enter:)

    iexplore.exe -nohome -extoff

    Also if your window is maximized try doubleclicking on the Title bar.
    What do you see?

    Sometimes, even when the File menu is suppressed you can still use its keystrokes.
    So try pressing Ctrl-o and tell us what happens. If you have the tabbed browsing
    feature enabled Ctrl-t would be another keystroke command to try.

    Hmm... Looks like you'll have to reverse the order of those two tests.
    E.g. after the IE8 window opens in No-Addons mode, first press Ctrl-t
    and then try pressing Ctrl-o. I guess it is similar to the quirk that pressing
    Esc (for Stop) doesn't work in that mode but using the View, Stop menu
    command or the Stop button in the toolbar which are supposedly equivalent
    do work. Similarly, you can't use Ctrl-N right away either apparently.
    (Ctrl-N often works for cloning a custom window such as a popup
    with a normal mode window with less customization. I should have
    thought of suggesting that as soon as I saw your screenshot.)

    Did you use the same name when posting? Unless you posted in the IE Beta NG
    Google should have a record of such a post:


    Robert Aldwinckle
    Robert Aldwinckle, Mar 24, 2008
  14. It's seldom a good idea to upgrade in hopes of fixing an existing problem,
    especially upgrading to a beta build. Uninstall IE8 Beta 1 ASAP. See the
    Release Notes for removal instructions:

    Did you try yet?

    What anti-virus application or security suite is installed? What
    anti-spyware applications (other than Defender)? What third-party firewall
    (if any)? Were *any* of these installed prior to upgrading to Vista? If
    so, were *any* of them running when you upgraded?
    ~PA Bear
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Mar 24, 2008
  15. PatrynXX

    PatrynXX Guest

    control O helps open pages, but still can't see the other tabs..
    ctl N simply opens yet another featureless page. No nav bar, no menu bar no
    address bar. Indeed it looks like an expanded popup window. I'm thinking
    it's a registry problem or a policy issue. Thats all I can come up with.

    as for pa bear's question I'm running Avast Home anti virus
    and spyware blaster and spybot in the background.
    PatrynXX, Mar 25, 2008
  16. Please reply to my posts, not Robert's. Thanks.
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Mar 25, 2008
  17. PatrynXX

    PatrynXX Guest

    sorry was just trying to save space..

    PatrynXX, Mar 25, 2008
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