Clicking a hyperlink opens a minimized browser window

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Jrichardson, Oct 30, 2008.

  1. Jrichardson

    Jrichardson Guest

    When a browser window is minimized on the toolbar and you click a hyperlink
    within Outlook 2003, it opens a new browser window that takes you to the
    link, but also maximizes the other browser window that is in the toolbar.
    IE6 does not exhibit this behavior. Disregard tabbed browsing for this
    issue, tabbed browsing is not preferred by the user I am helping in this
    instance. Shouldn't the minimized browser stay minimized and the new window
    open by itself? What is the advantage of having both windows open at the
    same time? I have spent the better part of an 8 hour work day trying
    different Internet Options setting combinations and have only been able to
    replicate the IE6 behavior ONE time and that was without doing a File>Exit in
    Jrichardson, Oct 30, 2008
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  2. Is that meant to imply that Tabbed browsing is off?
    What happens if you leave it on but just don't use it?

    According to some who disable tabbed browsing there are some
    quirky symptoms associated with minimized windows. (E.g. jinseng)
    I couldn't reproduce the claimed symptoms so I suspect that other
    environmental factors are just as important for reproducing whatever
    the claim is.

    Advantage? Probably none. I suspect it will be caused by an
    implementation quirk. E.g., maybe it has to switch to the first task
    to find out what the tab options are, figure out that it doesn't want
    to be in that one and then open the next window? Additionally,
    I wouldn't be surprised if we found out that the dispatch of the
    first task was a quirk of the OS and therefore not something
    that the developers of IE have complete control over.

    It's not just IE options which will be causing this.
    E.g. you should also try using TweakUI's Focus stealing setting
    to request that the Taskbar icon keep flashing until you do something
    about it. FWIW that's what I use, which I suspect may be why I can't
    reproduce the claimed quirks.


    Robert Aldwinckle
    Robert Aldwinckle, Nov 1, 2008
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  3. Jrichardson

    Jrichardson Guest

    Yes, Tabbed Browsing is off, she doesn't want to use tabs. I am able to
    replicate this problem on multiple PCs.
    Jrichardson, Nov 4, 2008

  4. Which probably just means that you have a common (unspecified)
    environment on those machines.

    Did you try using the TweakUI method of preventing "focus stealing"?

    Robert Aldwinckle, Nov 4, 2008
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