IE8 Menu blacked out

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by PaulB, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. PaulB

    PaulB Guest

    After my (2) computers have been up and using programs for a while, the menu
    bar in IE8 is blacked out and you cannot see anything. As usual for a
    Microsoft Windows program, shutting down and restarting resolves the issue
    but this is getting very tiresome.

    What is wrong, either with my PCs or with IE8 please?
    PaulB, Jun 14, 2009
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    Don Varnau Guest

    1. Check for an incompatible browser add-on.
    IEBlog Troubleshooting and Internet Explorer’s (No Add-ons) Mode:

    928426- Internet Explorer 7 may exit immediately when it includes an add-on

    2. Windows XP or Vista?
    Try a different theme (Display properties.)

    3. Disable any third-party program which applies themes or changes the
    appearance of windows (such as Stardock WindowBlinds.)

    4. The fact that the problem occurs after the computer has been in use for a
    while hints at malware. Are adequate security programs installed and
    Hope this helps,
    [MS MVP- IE]
    Don Varnau, Jun 14, 2009
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  3. I have this problem once and a while with IE8. I run my WinXP Pro SP3
    computer using the Windows Classic theme. When this happens I change
    the theme to Windows XP. Then I go back and change the the theme back
    to Windows Classic. When it happens again try changing the themes back
    and forth. I would like to know what theme you use. Personally I do
    not believe this has anything to do with add ons but is a programming
    Bill Bradshaw, Jun 14, 2009
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    rob^_^ Guest

    Hi Bill,

    Yes and no. The Hotbar Addon could cause this issue, but yes there is a
    problem with desktop themes also. There are also a few other legacy IE
    addons that do the Toolbar skinning thing and also some XP versions of
    Stardocs windows blinds and some Desktop themes from Alienware (which are
    distributed with their PC's)

    Quick fix.... examine your colors for Menu objects. Choose a contrasting
    color for the Menu Fonts.

    (In IE8 the menu bar is both a 3D object and a Menu object... when you
    change the color schemes of 3D objects the background color of Menus is also
    changed, but the Menu font color is not inherited, so if your Menu font
    colors were previously black (default) and you change the 3D Object
    background color to black you end up with black on black menu bar and menus
    in IE8).

    I have written a technet article on this which should be available soon.

    rob^_^, Jun 14, 2009
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    John Hansen Guest

    I agree on it's a programming problem, I haven't installed any toolbar
    or themes addons and there was no problem with IE7.

    John Hansen, Jun 17, 2009
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    Ramesh Guest

    This workaround solved the issue.
    Only thing you have to note is that if you have customized your theme, you
    need to save it before doing this workaround (so that you can restore the
    modified theme). Because this workaround changes the theme completely.
    Ramesh, Nov 22, 2009
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    Don Varnau Guest

  8. PaulB


    Jun 10, 2011
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    i found that it was my accounting software theme setting. reset them back to windows classic checkbook blue.. and fixed

    ie8 menu blacked out fixed..

    So saying that, you to check any programs that are using window programs.....As it was my Quickbooks software. I had be playing around with the colour setting. to try and make it look better than

    not saying this is the fix, just think you need to check other program you are running,
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2011
    Yappinmonk, Jun 10, 2011
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