IE7 Fullscreen Minimize and Restore anomalie

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Albanez, Sep 18, 2008.

  1. Albanez

    Albanez Guest

    Has anyone else experienced this annoying problem?

    When in Fullscreen mode, mouse up to the nav bar and click the Minimize
    button. Then click the tab on the Taskbar to restore to Fullscreen.

    On my computer (WinXP Home recently installed SP3) the restored fullscreen
    window is about 5 pixels to the left and a small sliver of the Desktop is
    visible. I then have to leave and re-enter Fullscreen mode to get the window
    back to its proper position. Grrrrrr!

    I think it started doing this after I installed WMP 11, but can't be sure
    what is causing it. Any reaffirming replies or a bug fix would be
    appreciated. Thank you!
    Albanez, Sep 18, 2008
    1. Advertisements

  2. Albanez

    Don Varnau Guest

    Do you mean Maximized or Full-screen (F11 key?)

    To reset IE window size, download and run the REG file from >>> Tip #6

    Hope this helps,
    [MS MVP- IE]
    Don Varnau, Sep 19, 2008
    1. Advertisements

  3. Albanez

    Albanez Guest

    I said Fullscreen, which implies that the window is maximized, or it
    wouldn't be fullscreen. And yes, I know about the F11 key. Did you try my
    procedure to re-create the bug??? If you like, I can break it down into
    simple steps:

    Step 1) IE7 in fullscreen mode. (Use F11 if you like.)
    Step 2) Click on the Minimize button. (Top right-hand corner of the screen
    furthest to the left of the 3 buttons.)
    Step 3)Find the Minimized tab for the browser window on you Taskbar and
    click it. (In order to restore the minimized window to fullscreen.)
    Step 4) Is the Fullscreen window slightly to the left of where you would
    expect it to be with the Taskbar showing at the bottom of the screen? Mine
    is, and that's the problem. I then have to exit and re-enter Fullscreen mode
    to correct it.

    Please try this and respond. Thanks!

    Albanez, Sep 19, 2008
  4. Albanez

    Don Varnau Guest

    I do not see this happeking on IE7 / XP SP3. That's why I recommended that
    you use the REG file to reset your IE window size.

    You might see if a browser add-on is causing this.
    for troubleshooting information.
    More at:
    IEBlog Troubleshooting and Internet Explorer’s (No Add-ons) Mode:

    If WMP11 causing this, I haven't heard of a fix, but I also have not heard
    other reports of this problem nor any connection to WMP11.

    [MS MVP- IE]
    Don Varnau, Sep 19, 2008
  5. Albanez

    Albanez Guest

    I doubt that this utility will help me. Aside from the reported bug, my
    windows open fine, and I don't particularly want all of my windows opening
    maximized. So I don't want to run it.

    To give some more background on my issue... I wiped my computer clean, and
    started over. Not because of this bug, but because installing Service Pack 3
    caused my computer to crash. When I got my machine back to an acceptable
    state and tried to minimize the fullscreen window and restore it, I noticed
    the bug which I never had before. So I wiped my machine clean again, with the
    intention of finding the cause. I checked the functionality after every major
    move. But with the restarts and fidgeting with settings, I guess I got lost.

    It seemed that installing WMP 11 was the cause, but it also could have been
    when I enabled Automatic Updates and the latest IE7 patches were applied. So
    I can't be sure. But regardless of those facts, here I am with this bug.

    I have Corel Capture, so I could send you a screenshot of the result, if
    that would help, but I doubt it will. So I guess I'll just wait for more
    people to reply with the same bug.

    Thanks for trying to assist, but with the endless list of possibilities and
    the fact that you gurus only work with Microsoft software and always do
    things correctly, there's no way for you to know my system, even though I'm a
    logical guy and try to follow manufacturer specs.

    If you want a screenshot of the result, let me know.

    PS I already tried the IE7 with no add-ons option, and I still get the same

    Albanez, Sep 20, 2008
  6. Albanez

    Albanez Guest

    For example, Sometimes installing software with your firewall/anti-virus
    software active will create failures that may go un-noticed, even if the
    install completes successfully. I just ran into this one the other day,
    trying to install the drivers for my video card. My video card worked, but
    the software to control it was nowhere to be found. That's what I mean by
    endless possibilities. Anyway, if you have anything helpful for me, let me

    I may be willing to try your REG utility option, as long as you can assure
    me of a way to reverse it, should any further undesirable phenomena arise...

    Albanez, Sep 20, 2008
  7. Albanez

    Don Varnau Guest

    You can make this registry edit yourself, without running the REG file. That
    way, you will know exactly what's happening. This registry edit merely
    allows IE window placement to return to default.

    With IE not running, run regedit and navigate to the key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main

    Export that key so that you can easily reverse the change.
    Delete the DWORD "Window_Placement"
    Close regedit and restart the computer.

    [MS MVP- IE]
    Don Varnau, Sep 20, 2008
  8. Albanez

    Albanez Guest

    Nope. That didn't help. All that does is determine where the initial IE
    window opens on the screen. Nothing to do with Fullscreen mode.

    Is there a way to attach an image file to a post in here?
    Albanez, Sep 20, 2008
  9. I've tried to reproduce you symptom here and I can not reproduce it. I've
    tried it on 5 different machines here, all Windows XP Home SP3 fully patched
    machines. All with WMP11 installed on them.

    Opening IE in Fullscreen mode(F11) and then minimizing it to the
    Taskbar-followed by clicking on the Taskbar icon to restore the Fullscreen
    Window does not place the Fullscreen window off screen by any amount of
    pixels on any of the machines I've tested here.

    That suggests to me that your problem might be related to one of the

    a) Third party Toolbar add-ons. Have you tried your experiment with IE7 in
    No Add-ons mode?
    b) Video card drivers. You said you wiped your HD, do you have the latest
    drivers for your Video card installed?
    c) Faulty Monitor settings or perhaps you Monitor needs replacing, have
    you tried it with a different Monitor?

    Good luck,

    Donald Anadell
    Donald Anadell, Sep 20, 2008
  10. Albanez

    Albanez Guest

    I have, and same thing.
    I have the drivers from the cd, which have worked well, up to this point.
    My monitor is my new LG LCD HDTV, but it appears the same on my 15" flat
    panel as well. I'm certain it's not my monitor. Like I said this didn't
    happen with SP2 and the same software installed.

    I may try a full reset of IE, or possibly an uninstall/re-install.
    Albanez, Sep 20, 2008
  11. Albanez

    Albanez Guest

    OK MS MVP's,

    I've dug deeper and what I've found is that this is deffinitely a Microsoft
    bug! I don't know if it's with SP3 or with IE7, but it is a Microsoft problem.

    I recovered my system, YET AGAIN, to try to solve this issue, and found that
    somewhere between the installation of SP3 and "Required Updates," with
    nothing on my machine but Microsoft software and the essentials, that
    Fullscreen Mode in IE7 develops a BUG.

    The bug is that the window in Fullscreen mode, if minimized and then
    restored, is offset to the left, showing a 5 pixel sliver of the desktop.

    Now, there are 20 updates that are applied, using Express Automatic Updates,
    after installing SP3. One of these updates causes a Memory error upon reboot.
    I can't tell you the exact memory address, because it isn't displayed for
    very long during the shutdown process, and only once, but it is deffinitively
    one of the 20 updates that causes this memory error, afterwhich the bug

    My computer is as follows: Compaq Presario SR1330NX Desktop PC, originally
    with XP Home SP2. I have an AMD Athalon processor @ 2.2 GHz, and I believe a
    400Mhz FSB. What else do you need to know?
    Albanez, Sep 28, 2008
  12. Start regedit and remove these keys:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\window_placement


    Then reboot.
    Frank Saunders MS-MVP IE,OE/WM, Sep 29, 2008
    1. Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.