IE7 bug refeshing/loading page bring bring to foreground

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Shawn, Feb 5, 2006.

  1. Shawn

    Shawn Guest

    This is a different behavior of IE7 from IE6 and earlier versions.
    When I open a web page and then open another (as I usually do when try to
    open multiple news item pages and let them load and then read them page by
    page), the pages that were in the background will come to the foreground when
    it finishes loanding, blocking whatever the page in the foreground I am
    This also happens when a webpage in the background automatically refreshes
    itself after an interval and blocking the current page I am reading.
    This is a very annoying and unreasonable havior. This should be corrected.
    Hopely this is a bug not a stupid "new design".

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    Shawn, Feb 5, 2006
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  2. Tools, Internet Options, Tab Settings. Disable the option to always switch
    to a new tab.
    Sandi Hardmeier - MVP, Feb 5, 2006
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  3. Shawn

    Shawn Guest

    Thanks for the reply.
    However I am not talking about tabs (which was not available in IE6 or
    before). I am talking about opening new webpages in new IE windows.
    Just to repeat this one scenario:
    Open a web page. Then open anothe web page on top of that.
    If the page below refreshes, in IE7 the current default behavior is that it
    brings itself in front of the page I am reading.
    This should not happen and is annoying, and should behave same way as before.
    Shawn, Feb 5, 2006
  4. Ahhh, gotcha.

    The old workaround should still work (and yes, this also happens in IE6 and

    Instead of using taskbar buttons to swap between loading window and other
    window, minimise the loading window using the minimise button, then use the
    restore button to bring the window you want to read into focus.
    Sandi Hardmeier - MVP, Feb 5, 2006
  5. Shawn

    Shawn Guest

    Thanks again.
    I don't need a workaround. I want this inconvenient new behavior corrected
    to the IE6 usual default behavior.

    For example, again to be more specific, when read google news
    I usually use shift and click on the desired news items, one after another
    in many different windwos. Then I read one by one. This works perfectly with
    all previous IE.

    Now, when I read a web page, any other web pages behind it when it finish
    loading will bring itself to the foregrouand and interrupt my reading the
    currently page.

    This also happens, when any page automatically refreshes itsself.
    It is alright if minimize a page will prevent this behavior however this
    take extra operations and is inconvenient. This is not how IE6 and before
    behave in default settings.

    I am reporting this as a bug.
    Shawn, Feb 5, 2006
  6. Agreed, it is not good behaviour, but it did exist pre IE7.
    Sandi Hardmeier - MVP, Feb 5, 2006
  7. Shawn

    Shawn Guest

    Agreed, it is not good behaviour, but it did exist pre IE7.

    Not for me until I installed IE7 this week. I have never changed IE's
    settings for regarding this behavior.
    Shawn, Feb 5, 2006

  8. There is a TweakUI command (aka ActiveWindowTracking or XMouse)
    which can affect some of this but it depends which page is being loaded
    and what it is doing.

    An example which supports Sandi's claim is Google Groups'
    message threading since it is implemented with JavaScript.
    I can't remember if the timed refresh cases were ones which
    could be controlled by the TweakUI option but I don't think so.
    I do remember thinking originally that it looked as if the implementation
    of it was "simulate pressing F5" in which case the assumption would
    probably be that the window doing that had keyboard focus.

    Robert Aldwinckle
    Robert Aldwinckle, Feb 5, 2006
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